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Friday, March 17, 2023

Wilden Avenue will be closed to thru traffic between Rock Run Creek and Main Street / State Road 15 starting this Monday, March 20, until September for road construction. Traffic will be detoured on Indiana Avenue/CR 21 to CR 26 to Main Street/State Road 15.The project involves rebuilding and improving... more


Monday, March 13, 2023

The City of Goshen will close South 8th Street between East Plymouth Avenue and East Jackson Street from Tuesday morning, March 14, to Thursday afternoon, March 16, to allow the Water & Sewer Department to replace a sewer lateral. more


Monday, March 13, 2023

The City of Goshen Fire Department will test the city’s tornado sirens Tuesday, March 14 between 10 and 10:30 a.m. as part of an annual statewide test of communications systems. While the drill will be sent using live TOR EAS coding (Tornado Warning), it is only a test, and will be postponed... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Works

Monday, March 27, 2023, 2:00pm

To join the webinar please copy and paste this link on your browser: or call 309-205-3325. Webinar ID: 829 8672 2338. Comments are no longer taken online.

Shade Tree Board

Monday, March 27, 2023, 7:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 4:00pm

To view the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 890 5155 7762

Community Relations Building

Goshen has always been a police department that has had great relationships in the community. Our department’s leading goal is to form more relationships in the community especially with the youth. This has been the primary goal for our department since I became Chief of Police. Below are just a few of the ways Goshen Police Department accomplishes this goal.

  • School Resource Officers working in schools
  • Officers assigned to “Neighborhood Associations” who attend meetings and gatherings
  • Special community meetings to discuss various topics
  • Assign officers from various shifts to greet kids going to schools
  • Visit youth centers such as Boys and Girls Club to spend time talking with kids
  • Citizens Academy
  • First Friday Patrol
  • Neighborhood informational meetings
  • Road races, traffic control assistance
  • 4-H fair patrol and grandstand security
  • Escort requests- motorcycle rides, bicycle rides, funeral processions
  • Parade, traffic control and escort
  • Requests from schools to participate in special functions and after school sports
  • Requests from religious and civic groups for officer attendance and / or department tours
  • Bicycle patrols
  • K-9 searches for business owners and schools
  • K-9 demonstrations for children and public
  • Shop with a Cop
  • Training for local businesses in case of active killer situations
  • Multi department / organization emergency training
  • Police Department tours
  • Local fairs and festival attendance (ie. Ethnic Festival, GGH Health Fair, Kids Triathlon, etc)
  • Special “Stop by” for children’s functions (ie. Birthdays, lemonade stands, recovering children from health issues, etc.)
  • Department initiated online surveys
  • Utilize social media for alerts, feedback, and opinions
  • Ride along with officers to better understand the job
  • Troubled youth mentorship

These are just some of the activities in which our department members participate to build relationships with our community still while responding to calls for service. In addition, there are many things officers do on their own not expecting any recognition. The only way we found out was by social media or thank you letters. Some of these deeds they have done are listed below.

  • Officers have purchased bikes for kids out of their own pocket
  • Officers have purchased shoes and food for houseless individuals
  • Officers started a “Pay-it-Forward” program where they assist members in the community with financial or other assistance
  • Officers have re-donated items they received to others in the community
  • Officers have fixed flat tires on many occasions
  • Assisted elderly with yard work

These are just some of the things we have found out our officers have done for the community on their own. I am certain there are many more kind deeds they have done which we have not been notified of. Police officers chose this profession because they have a special calling. This calling is the constant need of helping their community and making a difference in life. For this, I am extremely proud of the officers worldwide and especially the ones at the Goshen Police Department.