Elder Watch

Crimes Against Elder Population

The population of Moline has changed over the past several years to include a larger aging population. This increase has important implications for how we respond to calls for service when the victim is 60 years of age or older. A growing number of crimes are being committed against the elderly to include thefts, burglaries, assaults, fraud, and deceptive practice. Some of the offenders include the relatives of the elderly or care providers. The most commonly committed offense usually involves deception for financial profit.

Elderly Services Officers

The Moline Police Department elderly services program is the responsibility of two patrol officers in the Operations Division. In addition to their regular patrol duties, they are tasked with responding to situations that involve senior citizens. Both are specially trained to work on issues involving the elderly, allowing them to provide specialized service to the community.


Seniors who would like to speak to one of the elderly services officers (ESO's) should contact the Moline Police Department at 309.797.0401 and ask to speak with an elderly services officer. The ESO's cannot be available 24 hours a day. For issues requiring immediate attention, ask to speak with any officer. For additional senior related information please visit the Illinois Department on Aging.


The ESO's aid seniors with preliminary reports that must be filed with the ensuing investigations. The ESO's assist the Criminal Investigations Division and Operations Division with fact-finding efforts and evidence collection. The ESO's are frequently called upon to aid seniors with matters that are not necessarily criminal in nature. Instances of family neglect, isolation, neighborhood incompatibility, and illnesses that degrade quality of life are often addressed. The ESO's can be a vital resource for getting in contact with Alternatives for Older Adults which is another source for elderly services.

Educate The Public

The ESO's address civic clubs, church groups, and social service providers from a pro-active standpoint. The communication is intended to educate elderly citizens and family members about common problems. Presentations also include information on services provided by the ESO's and other resources.