Elgin Police firearms statistics show decrease in incidents from 2021

So far in 2022, the Elgin Police Department has made more gun-related arrests while fewer shots have been fired in the city, officials said.

Elgin Police posted information on Facebook on Saturday indicating that arrests for cases in which shots were fired and for firearms charges have topped numbers at this point in 2021.

“That’s good news,” said Cmdr. Kevin Senne, who oversees patrol officers for the Elgin Police Department.

Police made 12 arrests for gunshots, up from 7 in the first six months of 2021. Police arrested 22 people for firearms in 2022, up from 16 last year. These arrests include cases such as illegal use or possession of firearms, according to the report.

In the most recent incident on May 31, there were 27 shootings in Elgin, compared to 31 in 2021.

The Elgin Police Department recovered 28 firearms, according to a department’s online transparency site, cityofelgin.org/shotsfiredinfo. The site notes that 15 properties were damaged by gunfire and 11 people were shot dead.

Senne said many of the weapons recovered were from people under the age of 21, or who did not have a valid FOID card, or who had “ghost” weapons without serial numbers, made with parts ordered separately and then assembled. .

Overall, in 2021 there were 66 shooting incidents in Elgin, a slight increase from the previous year.

“We noticed this trend and took different approaches,” Senne said.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Roadside checks and increased police presence in areas where shots were fired were effective. The same goes for information shared by Elgin Police with the community, he said, which makes people more alert to incidents involving firearms.

Cell phone cameras also played a role.

“We’re getting things that we couldn’t have gotten five or six years ago,” Senne said. “It’s a whole group effort, really, starting with the community being another set of eyes for us.

“They are the eyes of the neighborhood. A lot of people know when something is wrong, and they call us.”

People with information about police investigations can call (847) 289-2600. Messages can be texted to 847411, with ELGINPD starting the message followed by the rush information.