Public Comment Invited for Police Department Accreditation

Public Comment Invited for Police Department Accreditation
Posted on 10/08/2014

The Orland Park Police Department is seeking the highest level of accreditation given by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. If successful, the department will join just eight other law enforcement agencies that have received the coveted tier 2 accreditation status through ILEAP as of September, 2014.

An independent team, representing the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, will arrive on October 6, 2014 to review and examine all aspects of the Orland Park Police Department policies, procedures, management, operations and support services against established criteria of professional excellence. The assessors assigned to conduct the evaluation and audit are retired Deputy Chief Holly Nearing, Chief Don Thomas and Chief Jeff Wold.

During the two day on-site assessment, the law enforcement administrators will use 180 separate ILEAP standards to determine if the Orland Park Police Department meets the program’s highest level of accreditation standards.

The on-site assessment invites agency employees and members of the community to offer comments to the assessment team regarding the Orland Park Police Department’s ability to comply with the program’s professional standards.

The public may call 708/364-8124 on Tuesday, October 7 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes.

The ILEAP accreditation standards are available for review on the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association website at under the programs tab.

Further questions about the ILEAP accreditation process can be directed to Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy or the department’s accreditation manager, Lieutenant Joseph Mitchell, at 708/349-4111.