Mount Prospect Stories: History of Mount Prospect Police Department

Seen here is the entire Mount Prospect Police Department’s fleet, which consisted of an oversize Henderson Motorcycle and 2-door Ford V8 purchased in 1933. This photo was taken in 1941.

Historical Society presents next installment of “Mount Prospect Stories” with a look at the history of the Mount Prospect Police Department

The Mount Prospect Historical Society will continue its popular series of “Mount Prospect Stories” with a history of the Mount Prospect Police Department.  The Police Department began early in the twentieth century with a police chief and lone patrolman.  It is now among the most modern and respected departments in the northwest suburbs.  In that time, the Department has seen its share of crime, capers and characters.

Mount Prospect Historical Society Executive Director Greg Peerbolte will discuss the formation of the department, its close relation to Public Works, its long-serving first patrolman and second chief George Whittenberg, the story behind P-1’s infamous “Bluesmobile” distinction, and many other fascinating stories of the department’s heroism, bravery and dedication to the Village of Mount Prospect.  A special guest will be present to discuss his personal connection with the history of the department.

The presentation will be held in the community room at Village Hall on Monday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m.  For more information on this event, phone Peerbolte at 847/392-9006.


  1. Mark Dawber :

    In regards to the pictures above. The car in the top picture is not a 1933 ford, it is a 1941 Buick. The 1933 Ford can be seen in the far background in the lower picture.

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