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The Orland Park Police Department is committed to responding to the needs of, and establishing a close working relationship with the community as a department-wide philosophy, not just a specific problem. All employees share responsibility for achieving community relations objectives and play a vital role in the overall community relations effort of the Department. The success of community relations strategies and tactics depend on all police employees working together in partnership with the community.

Community Policing
Community policing is a state of mind that occurs when the officer realizes they have the power to change a situation or correct a problem by means other than arrest and goes about developing a plan to solve the problem - a plan that involves not only the officer but action on the part of those most affected by the problem, the citizens.

The Community Policing Program is demonstrated through the use of the Bike Patrol Unit, Cookout with Cops, Coffee with a Cop, Citizen Police Academy, Teen Citizen Police Academy, the D.A.R.E. Program, the problem-oriented policing concept, Patrol Program, and the Walk and Talk Program.

D.A.R.E. Program
Realizing that young people are an intricate portion of our society, the Orland Park Police Department implemented the D.A.R.E. program in local schools. D.A.R.E. primarily focuses its 17-week curriculum on sixth grade. The curriculum covers everything from "Eight Ways to Say No to Drugs" to techniques for improving self-esteem.