Law Enforcement Exhibition

The Countdown is on for the 
2018 Law Enforcement Exhibition 
Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9 at Hawthorn Mall

New for 2018!! Child Safety Seat Checks

On Saturday, September 8, the Deerfield Police Department will be conducting Child Safety Seat Checks.  The checks will be held between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm on the lower level parking lot near pole #23.

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!
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Recap of the 2017 Exhibition

Over two dozen police and police-related agencies were 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 came through the doors to see squad cars, police motorcycles, a Humvee, K9 demonstrations and all kinds of police equipment. There were many activities for the kids and plenty of giveaways and information! 

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

K9 Demonstrations

Five fantastic K9 demonstrations were held over the weekend.  If you were there for one (or more) of them you witnessed the huge crowds that gathered to see these highly trained animals (and their handlers) show their skills and abilities.

On Saturday, demonstrations were conducted by Lake County Sheriff Deputies Craig Somerville and John Forlenza each conducted a demonstration with their K9 partners Diesel and Dax, respectively.  Also, MEG Agent Keith Ringham and K9 Varro were joined by Buffalo Grove Officer Danielle Baron and K9 Hogyn for a double demonstration.

On Sunday, Mundelein Officer Steve Kroll and his K9 partner Titan did and early afternoon demonstration. Agent Ringham (and Varro) returned for the weekend's final demo late Sunday afternoon.

None of the demonstrations would have been possible without the cooperation and participation of Tops Training in Grayslake, including trainers Tim and Derek. Thank you to the entire staff at Tops!

Some of the things that were seen at the 2017 Exhibition:

  • K9 demonstrations
  • Tactical police gear
  • Child fingerprinting
  • DUI goggles
  • 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 are scheduled to participate in the 2018 Exhibition:


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.

Enjoy These Pictures from the 2017 L.E. Exhibition

Buffalo Grove PD K9 Hogyn (foreground) and MEG K9 Varro did a team demonstration

Two Dogs

Wheeling Police Department

Wheeling Officer

Libertyville Police Department

Libertyville Squad

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Humvee

Vernon Hills Police Department

Vernon Hills Display

Prospect Heights Police Department

Prospect Heights Display

LCSO K9 Diesel in action

Dog Demo Audience

Bannockburn Police Department

Bannockburn Gold Cart

Lake Zurich Police Department

Lake Zurich Display and Squad

Lake County Coroner's Office

Coroner Lifting Fingerprints

Lake County MEG

MEG Display

Mundelein Poloice Department Prisoner Transport Van

Mundelein Van

Deerfield Police Department


Round Lake Park Police Department

Round Lake Park Truck

Round Lake Police Department

Round Lake

Zion Police Department


Buffalo Grove Police Department

Buffalo Grove Police Department

Waukegan Police Department

Waukegan Squad and Bikes

Lake County Adult Probation

Lake County Adult Probation

Round Lake Beach Police Department

Round Lake Beach Squad

Illinois State Police

Illinois State Police Motorcycle

College of Lake County Police Department

College of Lake County Police Department

100 Club of Chicago

100 Club of Chicago

Gurnee Police Department

Gurnee Police Department

Mt. Prospect Police Department

Mount Prospect Police Department

Illinois Masonic Lodge Child ID Program

CHIP Program

Grayslake Police Department

Grayslake Police Department

Wauconda Police Department

Wauconda Police Squad

Kildeer Police Department

Kildeer Patch