Investigations & Social Services

Investigations Division

The Police Department Investigations Unit assists the patrol unit with preliminary investigations when offenders are apprehended at the scene. They also conduct follow-up investigations of crimes when the offenders have fled the scene or are unknown at the time of the report.

The unit proactively networks with other law enforcement agencies and task forces; collects and disseminates information to effectively prevent criminal activity; and identifies, apprehends and prosecutes offenders after committing a crime. Detectives maintain a very good relationship with local residents, businesses and school personnel. These partnerships have proven to be a successful tool in identifying and apprehending criminals.

Social Services Division

The Social Services Division is part of the Investigations Unit. Two Licensed Clinical Social Workers are employed to work closely with the Police Department and the community in providing services to people in crisis.

Crisis Intervention Services

The Social Services Department is available to assist residents who experience crises for the following and more:

  • Divorce/Family conflict
  • Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
  • Suicide Risk/Grief Support
  • Parent/child stress
  • Mental Health concerns
  • Substance Use issues
  • Financial Crisis

Crisis intervention is a time-limited intervention with a specific psychotherapeutic approach to immediately stabilize those in crisis.

The Social Workers provide short-term solution focused counseling and referrals to community resources to individuals and families as needed.  

Prevention Services

In addition to crisis intervention cases, the Social Workers provide prevention services including:

  • Mental health wellness education
  • Partnering with local community groups and agencies in Lake County to provide services for residents

The Social Workers act as a conduit for schools, religious institutions, and government to work together in a cooperative environment.

Katharina Rygiel, LCSW at 847.794.7511 or by email
Isabell Weintraub, LCSW at 847.794.7513 or by email