Naperville Police Want to Know: How Would You Prevent Crime?

Essay contest emphasizes police/community partnership during Crime Prevention Month

In recognition of October being Crime Prevention Month, Naperville students in the 3rd through 8th grades are invited to participate in a Crime Prevention Essay Contest sponsored by the Naperville Police Department and Naperville Crime Stoppers.

Since crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility, the chosen topic of the contest is “What I Would Do to Prevent Crime.” Each essay must be original and should be no longer than 300 words. There will be one winner chosen in each of the following three age categories:

  • 3rd through 4th grade
  • 5th through 6th grade
  • 7th through 8th grade

Winners will be given a private tour of the Naperville Police Department, as well as the unique opportunity to have lunch with Police Chief Bob Marshall. Winning essays will also appear in Positively Naperville.

All entries must be received by Friday, October 14. The winners will be announced the week of October 24. Please be sure to include your full name, address, phone number, school and grade on the top of your essay and submit it to Crime Prevention Specialist Mary Browning in one of the following ways:


Naperville Police Department
1350 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Attn: Mary Browning, Crime Prevention Specialist

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