Chief Chuck McGinnis, Director of Public Safety
The Highland Park Department of Public Safety is a unique blending of fire, police, and emergency medical services. An officer with the Highland Park Department of Public Safety is assigned to one of three 48-hour shifts, either "A," "B," or "C" shift. Public Safety Officers are cross-trained in police, fire and EMS, and engage in each of these disciplines every shift. It is a demanding profession that requires highly qualified and motivated officers to fulfill the requirements of the profession. The Operations staff is supported by an equally motivated Administrative staff. At the Highland Park Department of Public Safety we work hard each day to deliver the highest levels of service.
The Town of Highland Park is made up of two patrol "districts," and these districts are broken down further into geographic "beats." Patrol vehicles are well equipped with all the necessary items to fulfill the law enforcement function. In addition, patrol vehicles contain items specific to the Fire/EMS function:
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
- Commercial size fire extinguisher
- Fit-5 handheld fire suppression device
- First Aid supplies
The requirements of a Highland Park Public Safety Officer require personnel to be ready at any moment to transition from the law enforcement role directly into the Fire/EMS function. For this reason, every officer carries their bunker gear with them while on patrol.