Chief's Welcome

Chief Paul Sandman

The Highland Park Department of Public Safety is a unique blending of fire, police, and emergency medical services. Public Safety Officers are cross-trained in these three disciplines and engage in each of them daily. It is a demanding profession that requires highly qualified and motivated officers and a professional support staff. At the Highland Park Department of Public Safety we work hard each day to deliver the highest levels of service to the citizens of Highland Park regardless of the type of call.

Key Elements

There are two key elements in providing the high levels of service that the department delivers. First, it requires quality people with the highest ethical and moral standards and a desire to be of service to the community. Second, it requires rigorous education and training to be proficient at our jobs. Only by selecting the best people and providing the best training are we able to provide the best service.

Public Participation

A key aspect of our ability to keep the public safe is the participation of the public itself. We engage our citizens in making a safer community. Our officers and employees are encouraged to interact with citizens and share crime prevention and safety information on a proactive basis. We recognize the value of community involvement in preventing crime and accidents to make Highland Park a better place to live and work.


I take pride in all of the men and women of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety. Our members are committed to treating people with dignity and respect and endeavor to make every contact with the public a positive experience.