Lippert No Longer Posting Police Blotters

Crime prevention specialist Pete Lippert said his final goodbye on the village website after his position posting the daily blotter was eliminated Jan. 1.

Pete Lippert, crime prevention specialist for the Buffalo Grove Police Department, posted his final blotter this week.

Lippert had retired from the department in 2003, but returned to work part-time in 2007 as a crime prevention and community involvement specialist. When Lippert took over the blotter in 2007, it had 300 subscribers. His daily alerts grew to reach 2,500 homes, according to a previous story on Patch. 

Lippert shared the following statement on Jan. 1 on the Buffalo Grove website:

This is my final Buffalo Grove Police Blotter. Due to financial reasons, my position has been cut from the budget effective January 1, 2013.

Though I have never met many of you, it seems as though we have become friends. I appreciate your feedback and contributions to this Blotter. I have enjoyed writing it for the past five and a half years and will miss doing so. I do sincerely hope that you were well informed and that you have gained some knowledge on crime prevention and safety. Remember to be a nosy neighbor and call 911 if you see anyone or anything that seems suspicious. Thank you!

Have a Happy New Year and I wish you health, happiness and prosperity.

Pete Lippert 

Lippert was previously profiled on Patch in this article: Fighting Crime With a Touch of Humor (click on the link to read the full text). His blotters were described as being both informative and entertaining.


Statistics were provided on Buffalo Grove Police Department activity during December 2012. Officers handled 1091 incidents and crimes and 98 crashes, according to the Buffalo Grove website.

In addition to the incidents and crimes already reported in the blotter, officers handled the following:

  • 26 Domestics
  • 6  Death Investigations
  • 4  Child Custody Disputes
  • 3  Mental Health Issues
  • 2  Suicidal Subjects
  • 2  Attempted Suicides
  • 2  Suicides
  • 2  Information for Police
  • 1  Domestic Battery
  • 1  Ambulance Assist
Fiona Russell January 02, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Pete, We'll really miss you. Looked forward to reading the blotter every day because you made it folksy, funny and really informative. So sorry we won't know exactly what's going on in the Village and, more importantly, that we won't be reading your words of wisdom. Good luck in whatever you do.
Janice Dlatt January 02, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Very sad that you will not be doing the police blotter! You will be missed! I always looked forward to reading it along with your witty comments and helpful information! Best wishes to you friend.
Ann Soutter January 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Very sad to hear this news. I wonder how the Police Department plans on keeping us residents informed. This was a great service, and will certainly lower my opinion of the department.
John L January 02, 2013 at 04:23 PM
That is a real shame. The police blotter was the "must read" section of the Patch. I don't know what the expense savings were, but it was a solid connection between the police department and the local community. It was invaluable in letting us know what the department was doing, as well as giving us examples of things to look out for in our daily lives. Speeches about what to do to prevent crime are not nearly as effective and stories of what happens when you do not take these precautions. These stories have changed my behavior in a number of areas, based on what I have heard happening. I would say that it was their most effective effort in preventing crime. I will also miss the entertainment value. If enough of us leave a comment here, maybe they will bring him back. We can try anyway.
Terra Patterson January 02, 2013 at 06:09 PM
This is an email that I sent to the chief of police of Buffalo Grove. I am so very disappointed that you are discontinuing the Buffalo Grove Police Blotter with Officer Pete Lippert. I have never met Officer Lippert but feel as if I have. He added humor and insight to the blotter. And he always answered any question anyone had no matter how stupid! He is totally an asset to the police department and I would think a great liaison between the department and citizens!! How sad that this has happened!!!
Susie White January 02, 2013 at 06:51 PM
What a big disappointment for local residents! I have a large circle of friends and family who all read the Blotter daily. We used it as the basis for many discussions about our community and valued it as a critical information source on the scams, thefts, break-ins, etc. to be on the watch for! We deserve this transparency and Mr. Lippert has through his captivating updates made this an invaluable resource for us. Bring the Blotter back!!
Ann January 02, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I hope the police blotter will continue I read it daily and I don't want it to end!!!!!!!
Janet Sirabian January 02, 2013 at 07:25 PM
The Blotter is NOT going away. The Blotter will continue as before. Subscribers should have already received today's Blotter. BUT, we will miss you Pete!
Diane Popper January 03, 2013 at 08:55 AM
The Police Blotter won't be the same without Pete. His report was the first email I opened every weekday. The Blotter "According to Pete" has always been a great way to start the day...information mixed with his special style of humor and reporting. In fact, I have made it a habit to forward Pete's funny tidbits to many BG'ers who have moved away.
Lauren Kelliher January 03, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I enjoyed reading the blotter and Pete's interjections. I often quoted it in my Facebook posts to share it with others. I sincerely hope someone is able to continue this important job of informing the village of neighbors fighting with cucumbers and grabby handymen.
Penny Novy January 03, 2013 at 05:50 PM
My husband and I have enjoyed reading the Police Blotter complete with Pete Lippert's comments for the past several years. You will be missed, Pete.
A Dog Lover January 03, 2013 at 06:48 PM
It's sad that the village feels that it can cut the police departments budget BUT they can use our tax dollars to tear out a golf course and bring in a huge so called "town center"


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