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POLICE PROGRAMMING

POLICE PROGRAMMING

The Orland Park Police Department was created shortly

after the village was incorporated in 1892, yet was not

among the three original departments. Orland Park’s one

police officer was responsible for lighting the street lights

and starting the water pumps. 

What began as a one person department has grown into

a nationally recognized, award-winning professional law

enforcement agency with 101 full-time sworn officers, nine

part-time sworn officers and 75 civilian personnel. 

“The Orland Park Police Department is the best department

in the State of Illinois, if not the country,” said Mayor Dan

McLaughlin. “The list of accomplishments and outreach

programs that our police department offers is second to none.”

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

“A lot of people don’t know about all that the Police

Department offers for different groups,” said Trustee

Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety

Committee. “They go out to talk to and train businesses,

work with seniors, offer events in the neighborhoods,

introduce law enforcement to teens and bring kids through

the station for tours to learn about the department.”

“Our personnel work closely with residents, seniors,

and businesses to create and maintain working

relationships that benefit the entire community,”

said Chief Tim McCarthy.

“Our Retail Detail includes uniformed

officers walking around the

commercial areas, greeting people

and keeping an eye on things,”

McCarthy explained. “This program

has received a great response

because people enjoy talking to the

officers. They send their kids over to

say hello and it’s a great way for the

officers to get to know the community.”

CRISIS INTERVENTION

The department’s Crisis Intervention

Team trains officers who volunteer

for specialized training on how

to respond to incidents involving

a person with mental illness. The

objective is to get these individuals

the mental health services they need

rather than sending them to jail.  

“Orland Park is one of the few

departments in the area to have

specially trained, certified officers

who are able to help people in

crisis,” Calandriello said.

The department was also a charter

member of the mayor’s Orland Park

Substance Awareness Forum (OPSAF),

joining agencies from throughout the

region to help battle addiction.

It was within the past few years that

Orland Park police personnel were

trained to administer the overdose

antidote Naloxone also known as

Narcan to stop heroin overdoses.

“Narcan is widely used now and it’s

very safe,” McCarthy said. “Most of

our officers are trained and equipped

with automated external defibrillators

(AEDs) and Narcan. They are proven

life savers.” 

SEE SOMETHING – SAY

SOMETHING – NOW!

The Department of Homeland Security

began the national “See Something

– Say Something” campaign and the

Orland Park Police Department uses

it as well. Hand-outs were created

specifically for the thousands of dog

walkers in the community encouraging

them to be the eyes and ears of the

department by reporting anything on

their routes that seems amiss.

One of the most visible village

departments, the police department

employs different modes of travel for

its officers. The easily recognizable

red, white and blue squads are

familiar as are the bicycle patrol

officers. The department has a

motorcycle unit and officers who

patrol on foot.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

The Orland Park Police Department

has long been a law enforcement

partner helping Special Olympics

Illinois with a number of fundraisers

throughout the year. Police personnel

volunteer for a number of events

including the annual bike ride, Torch

Run, Cop on a Rooftop and other

Special Olympics events.

ORLAND PARK POLICE

DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS

Beat Meetings

Bike Patrol

Business Safety Talks

Church Safety Talks

Citizens’ Police Academy

Coffee With A Cop

Cook Out With The Cops

Crime Free Rental Housing

Crisis Intervention Team

DARE

Dog Walkers’ Program

Drone

Drug Take Back

Housing Groups Safety Talks

ILEAP Tier II Accreditation

Internet Safety Seminars

K-9 Unit

Motorcycles

Narcan

National Night Out

Orland Park Substance

Awareness Forum

Public Education

Retail Detail

Senior Groups Safety Talks

Senior Luncheon

Special Olympics Events

Station Tours

Storm Ready

Teen Citizens’ Police

Academy

Traffic Safety

Vacation Watch

ORLAND PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT:

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNING TO

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY

Photo, opposite page:

Employees of the Orland Park Police

Department participated in a bicycle

ride for Special Olympics Illinois hosted

by the department in August.

Pictured are (left-right): Officer Bill Sanchez,

Officer Tony Carone, Officer Brandon

Eppolito, Officer Jackie Priede, OPPD Clerk

Marybeth Shaughnessy, Officer Kristina

Fitzgibbons and Officer Chris Losurdo.