Orland Park Police Offers Citizens’ Police Academy

Orland Park Police Offers Citizens’ Police Academy
Posted on 08/29/2012

The Orland Park Police Department will again host its Citizens' Police Academy, offering an inside perspective into law enforcement in the Village of Orland Park.

"This is a great way to learn about all that the Orland Park Police Department does within the community," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Adults who have an interest in law enforcement or those who simply want to know more about the department are invited to register," he said.

The academy will be held on nine consecutive Tuesday evenings, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., September 4 through October 30, 2012. The class is limited in size and is open to adults age eighteen and older. A criminal history review will be conducted on registrants prior to acceptance into the academy.

"The Citizens' Police Academy is a nice opportunity to see first-hand the many functions of the Orland Park Police Department," said Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee.

"We're very excited to again offer the academy," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "This is a great overview of the department with weekly focuses on our different divisions," the chief added.

The 2012 academy curriculum includes the functions of the department's Patrol and Investigations Divisions. Participants will meet officers serving in the Traffic Unit, DARE Program and schools. The department's K-9 unit will conduct a demonstration and students may participate in mock traffic stops along with other simulations.

"The academy is a great way for people to learn more about the many facets of public safety within the village," McLaughlin said. "There are many components to the Police Department and this program gives you an inside view of all that these men and women do to keep our community safe," the mayor said.

There is no charge to participate and completed registration forms must be submitted to the department. Registration forms may be downloaded from the village's website at www.orland-park.il.us.

For more information, contact Officer Chuck Barth at 708/364-4736.