The Village of Hawthorn Woods was named on a national scale as the “#79 Safest Small Town in the United States” by LendEDU, an online marketplace for student loan refinancing. LendEDU analyzed the FBI’s crime statistics for towns in the United States with a population between 5,000 and 10,000 to determine the 250 safest small towns nationwide. The rankings were determined by dividing the population of each small town by the number of violent crimes that occurred there in 2015. The number was then multiplied by 1,000 to get the crimes per 1,000 residents in each town. The Village of Hawthorn Woods, a community comprised of nearly 8,000 residents, reported one violent crime.
Hawthorn Woods is proud to receive this recognition, which follows their 2016 rankings as the “#1 Safest Place to Live in Illinois” by ValuePenguin and “#2 Safest City in Illinois” by SafeWise. Chief Operating Officer, Pamela O. Newton, credits efforts by Police Chief Jennifer Paulus, Mayor Joseph Mancino and the Village Board, and the proactive Hawthorn Woods Police Department. “The Hawthorn Woods Police Department exhibits a conscientious awareness of their role in the community, and is dedicated to serving each day with excellence. In 2016, department members logged a combined total of 1,461 hours of training relevant to their respective positions, which included their annual firearms training and maintenance of required certifications. Additionally, one of the biggest accomplishments of the police department last year was the transition to a new Law Enforcement Records Management System (LERMS), funded as a priority by the Mayor and Village Board.”
Chief Paulus said, “We experienced a safe year overall and hope to continue to provide the same level of excellent professional service that our community deserves and has come to expect.” Current staffing of the Police Department is 12 full time sworn police officers, and one civilian administrative Office Manager for a total of 13 full-time employees.