Law Enforcement Exhibition

The Countdown is on for the 

2017 Law Enforcement Exhibition 

Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10     Hawthorn Mall

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History of the Exhibition

In 2005, we hosted the inaugural Exhibition here in Vernon Hills. The event drew thousands of interested citizens locally and from all around the Chicago area. Due to its overwhelming success, Chief Mark Fleischhauer decided to make it an annual event. Furthermore, the event will always be scheduled for the weekend closest to September 11th, in order to honor our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day in 2001. This Exhibition was set up so police departments can show you the latest and greatest in crime prevention, education and criminal detection. Think of it as one big "open house" where area law enforcement agencies are present to show you the ins and outs of what the police can do for you - besides writing you a ticket!

What's in store for the 2017 Exhibition
Over two dozen police and police-related agencies are scheduled to be on hand at Hawthorn Mall (Routes 21 and 60) on the weekend of September 9 & 10, 2017 for the 13th Annual Law Enforcement Exhibition. We estimate that approximately 40,000 people will come through the doors to see squad cars, police motorcycles, Humvees, K9 demonstrations and all kinds of police equipment. There will be many activities for the kids and plenty of giveaways and information! 

Some of the agencies will also have Police Explorers on hand to not only help with their agency displays, but also to promote the Police Explorer Programs

K9 Demonstrations

Five K9 demonstrations are being planned for the weekend. The details are still being worked out, but we are hoping that several agencies K9's will be on hand. (The demonstrations will be conducted by Tops Training.) Check back for more demonstration information or call 847-247-4889.

Some of the things planned for the 2017 Exhibition:

  • K9 demonstrations
  • Tactical police gear
  • Child fingerprinting
  • DUI goggles
  • 911 Simulator
  • Remote controlled vehicle
  • Interactive fingerprint display
  • Heat vision cameras
  • Many different types of police vehicles (sedans, Hunvees, SUV's, a vintage squad, ATV's, motorcycles and bicycles)
  • And lots and lots of educational material and handouts

Thus far, the following agencies have agreed to participate in the 2017 Exhibition:

Shout-Outs for last year

Many thanks to Hawthorn Mall, Mall Manager Jeff Rutzen, and the entire staff (coordinator, security, engineering, housekeeping) at Hawthorn Mall for their continued support of this fantastic event and for all their help in making this such a success!

Special thanks also to Maggiano's Little Italy, Dave & Buster's, Panera Bread and Sbarro Pizza for their participation and assistance.


If you have questions about the Exhibition, please contact Kim Christenson at 847-247-4889 or send an send an email.

Pictures from 2016

Here's a slideshow of the 2016 Law Enforcement Exhibition. (Thanks to Mike W. for the pictures.)