Police Department

Burnham Police Department

The Burnham Police Department is committed to providing exceptional police services and initiating a leadership role in building a community partnership and a relationship of trust. The men and women of the Burnham Police Department subscribe to the department’s mission statement of core values which include respect, compassion, integrity, efficiency and leadership. We pledge to remain connected to the community we serve. Just as important is that you are informed about what we do and accomplish, how we complete our duties and how you can assist us in being successful. This web site is one method we utilize to achieve our goals of constant community awareness and interaction. We hope you find our web site to be informative and helpful and as always we are available to meet in person to address your issues and concerns.

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BelosChief of Police
Peter Belos

Chief Peter Belos commenced his law enforcement career in February of 1974 upon being appointed as a police officer for the Burnham Police Department. Since that time Chief Belos has served in all aspects of municipal law enforcement and has held prior ranks of detective, sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief and chief of police. Chief Belos has served as a chief of police for the past twenty three years in four separate departments and has served as Burnham’s police chief since October of 2005. Chief Belos is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the South Suburban Association as Chiefs of Police where he served on the executive board for several years. Chief Belos holds a Masters degree.



The mission of the Burnham Police Department is to maintain order, preserve and protect the life, peace and property of the citizens of the Village of Burnham and to enforce the laws within the requirements of the United States Constitution. The police department and the individual members will without favor or prejudice work cooperatively with the public to provide a safe community and strive to enhance the quality of life for all citizens. 


 Our vision is community service to the highest standards.


The Burnham Police Department will maintain crime prevention as its primary goal while vigorously pursuing those who commit crime. The Burnham Police Department will continually strive to improve the quality of service we provide to our community. The Burnham Police Department and all of its employees will maintain the highest levels of integrity and professionalism at all times.



The Burnham Police Department is an organization comprised of employees of integrity committed to providing total quality police service to the community in an honest, fair, professional and courteous manner. We will forge a partnership with the community based on mutual trust, confidence, commitment and communication to maintain and improve the quality of life and promote the safety and welfare of our citizens. The employees of the police department pledge collectively and individually to constantly grow, develop and engage in reassessment to meet the current and future challenges of our community. The Burnham Police Department exists to meet the village’s objectives for the safety and well being of the residents. This mission is accomplished through people and knowledge our most important resource. In the continuing pursuit of total quality we are guided by the following values:
Respect: We will recognize the worth, quality, diversity and importance of each other, the people we serve and the police department.

Compassion: We will care about others and respect their feelings.

Integrity: We will be honest and forthright and meet the highest ethical standards.

Efficiency: We meet society’s expectations and our own responsibility to be prudent with our resources.

Leadership: We will work together to be the very best in everything we do.  



The police department holds a monthly community meeting and encourages residents to attend to learn about various topics that are presented each month such as crime prevention, identity theft and many other related topics. In addition residents are advised on what has occurred in their neighborhoods and what to be on the alert for.  Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month and the meetings are held at the village hall, the community center and the senior center on an alternating schedule. Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings and to get to know your police officers.

14450 Manistee Avenue
Burnham, Illinois 60633
Non-emergency: (708)891-2122
Fax: (708)891-5839


Hazard Mitigation Plan for Burnham

Click Here to view Burnham’s portion of the Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan that was passed in September of 2014.