OPPD National Night Out Includes Bike Rodeo, Demos, Shredding & More

OPPD National Night Out Includes Bike Rodeo, Demos, Shredding & More
Posted on 08/14/2018

The Orland Park Police Department has participated in National Night Out Against Crime for more than 25 years. The event was created in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, a nationwide group that promotes community based crime prevention activities.

On Tuesday, August 7, the Orland Park Police will join law enforcement agencies across the country and host the village's annual National Night Out Celebration at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue.

"The first Tuesday in August has been National Night Out in Orland Park for a long time," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Families enjoy coming to the Village Center to meet the police officers and other emergency personnel and to see all of the equipment and displays."

Orland Park's National Night Out festivities will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet members of Orland Park's bike patrol unit, traffic and motor cycle units, DARE and school resource officers as well as other first responders.

This year's program also includes a bike rodeo offering bike and helmet safety checks, a bicycle agility course and the ability to register bicycles with the police department for free. Parents are encouraged to bring their children's bikes to the village center for the rodeo.

"National Night Out is a great way for kids to talk to police officers, in a relaxed comfortable atmosphere unlike an emergency setting," said Chief Tim McCarthy. "We enjoy seeing everyone come back each year to see all that's happening with the police department."

Orland Park businesses will host booths with giveaways, coupons and safety related information.

Pro-Shred of Orland Park will return to the Village Center on August 7, offering free shredding for residents with each limited to 100 pounds of documents. Residents are encouraged to shred no longer needed personal documents with their names, addresses and personal information to prevent identity theft.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is scheduled to being its helicopter and the Orland Fire Protection District will demonstrate rescue techniques showing how they extricate people from vehicles after crashes. Food will be provided by Joey's Hot Dogs of Orland Park.

Questions about Orland Park's National Night Out may be directed to Sergeant Wayne Lee at the department's non-emergency number, 708/349-4111.