Under the direction of Chief of Police Timothy Palen, Trenton Police Department’s 5 full-time and 8 part-time Officers are tasked with ensuring public safety, and the enforcement of all laws within the City’s jurisdiction.   The Department is assisted by 3 part-time school crossing guards.

Trenton Police Department
25 West Indiana Street
Trenton, IL  62293
EMERGENCY:  911
Non-Emergency:  618-224-9226

Emergency Management (TEMS)

The mission of Trenton Emergency Management Service (TEMS) is to support our citizens and the first responders by coordinating and integrating the activities to build, sustain, and improve our capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards. Promoting public education and awareness for disaster preparedness and community safety and providing training in first aid and emergency skills is a vital part of our commitment. Development and maintenance of the City’s Emergency Operations Plan and monthly testing of our outdoor sirens fosters our state of readiness.

TEMS has established a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT is a volunteer team sponsored by the Illinois Citizen Corps program where people help people to do the greatest good for the greatest number. Through training in basic disaster response skills, CERT members can help their family and assist others in the neighborhood or workplace where citizens will initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. Citizens can learn how to manage utilities, put out small fires, provide medical aid, and search for and rescue victims safely. CERT also provides support through involvement in planned community events.

The City of Trenton has been designated as a Storm Ready Community by the St. Louis National Weather Service (NWS) in 2004. Under our TEMS/CERT members we have trained storm spotters. Training conducted by the St. Louis NWS covers basic thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather, features information to report, how to report and basic severe weather safety.

TEMS manages a program of neighbor helping neighbor by maintaining a list of local residents who desire to participate. This Health Check Registry is activated in the event of a disaster, extended power outage, or continual extreme weather conditions. Citizens who live alone and have no one to check on then during such events can register by calling Trenton City Hall at 224-7323 or fill out the Health Check Registry Application and return it to City Hall, 14 West Broadway St., Trenton, IL 62293

TEMS manages and maintains Trenton Telephone Emergency Notification System. Each Trenton resident or utility-user may register one landline and one cell phone per service address. Upon the event of an emergency or a public awareness alert, a voice message will be sent to your telephone or answering machine. An accurate phone number listing is maintained only by the resident’s notification of a phone number change, such as an additional or discontinued number, or the resident moving to another area. To be added to our call list or to change your number please stop in Trenton City Hall at 14 W. Broadway St. between 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday or between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday.

For more information on becoming a part of TEMS or CERT activities please contact Chief Tim Palen at 224-9226, 25 W. Indiana St. Trenton, Illinois.

D.A.R.E.

This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.

D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.

Locally, Trenton Police Officer Ryan Weh was certified as a D.A.R.E. instructor in 2014.  Officer Weh provides DARE Lessons in the Wesclin School District for K-3rd grades and Keeping it Real for 5th grade.  Lessons help students become good citizens, make the right choices and live a drug and violence free lifestyle.

This year Officer Weh will host the Wesclin D.A.R.E. Family Safety Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Trenton City Park.  The day will kick off with the D.A.R.E. Dash, a 5k Run/Walk at 9:00am, followed by Touch-A-Truck at 10:30, a BBQ lunch from 11am-2pm.  There will be a demonstration from the Fire Department, a K-9 Demo, Safety Talks, Face Painting, Photo Booth and more.   For those wishing to register on-line for the D.A.R.E. Dash the entry form can be found here, and payment can be made on the home page of our website.  Go to fees, and enter D.A.R.E. Dash for the invoice #.   Proceeds help to continue the D.A.R.E. Program and provide new lessons and activities to the classroom.