Orland Park Police To Host Community Events

Orland Park Police To Host Community Events
Posted on 06/24/2010

"There are many facets to the Orland Park Police Department," said Village Trustee Brad O'Halloran, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "The department's community events help people learn more about all that this village department does to serve and protect our community," he added.

"We look forward to our summer events because it lets our officers meet with residents in a comfortable, relaxed setting," said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy.

Remaining events for the 2010 summer season include Trailers In The Park at Brown Park on Friday, July 9 and at Mission Hills Park on August 13. Both events will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Brown Park is located at 14701 Westwood Drive in the Tuckaway Subdivision. Mission Hills Park is located at SanBernardino and Capistrano Drives in the Mission Hills neighborhood.

"We invite everyone in the neighborhood to stop by to meet the officers who patrol the area, learn more about our programs and have a hot dog with us," said Commander John Keating.

Tuesday, August 3 brings National Night Out with this year's observance being the village's fifteenth. During the day on August 3, the Police Department will hold its annual Senior Luncheon at noon at the Orland Park Civic Center.

"Seniors are invited to enjoy a free lunch at the Civic Center," McCarthy said. Lunch will be served beginning at noon with a brief half hour safety presentation. The event is limited to the first 200 seniors who make reservations by July 31, 2010. Seniors should call 708/364-8149 leaving their name and number of attendees.

The Orland Park Village Center, located at 147th and Ravinia Avenue, will provide the setting for Orland Park's National Night Out evening festivities that begin at 5:00 p.m. on August 3, continuing until 9:00 p.m. Attendees will learn more about the department's many programs, DARE and school resource officers, bike patrol and traffic units.

"This is a summer favorite in Orland Park," said DARE Officer Charles Barth who oversees the village's observance. "This is a great opportunity for everyone to see emergency equipment up close and meet the people who serve the community," Barth said.

Each family is invited to bring one hundred pounds of personal documents to be shredded for free on site by ProShred. Children will enjoy seeing the police paddy wagon, squad cars and motorcycle units. Free gun locks and firearm safety information will be available and parents may obtain Orland Park Police DNA kits for their children. Fire and emergency medical personnel from the Orland Fire Protection District will have equipment on site too. Special guests include Mr. D's Magic Show and Illusions and Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures.

On Wednesday, August 11, the Orland Park Police Department will hold its gun turn in and gun lock distribution at the police station, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Police officers will be available to accept rifles, shotguns and handguns, BB, pellet and soft air guns. Police will also collect ammunition and any other dangerous weapons. For more information, call the department at 708/349-4111.

The department's annual bicycle ride for Special Olympics Illinois will be held on Sunday, August 22 beginning at 7:00 a.m. Bike riders, age twelve and older, are invited to participate in this 14.4 mile leisurely paced ride through Orland Park and the nearby bike trails. The cost is $20.00 per person with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Illinois.

"Each year, our bike ride for Special Olympics Illinois gets bigger and bigger as more bike riders find out what a great early morning ride this is," said Lieutenant Bob Reilly who plans the event each year.

The Orland Park Police Department's Citizens' Police Academy returns on Tuesday evenings, September 14 through November 9. Open to adults age eighteen and older, the academy offers a firsthand look at police services in the Village of Orland Park. Pre-registration is required for the free academy and will be available after August 1.

Further information about the Orland Park Police Department's summer events is available by calling the non-emergency number for the department, 708/349-4111.

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The Orland Park Police Department's annual bicycle ride for Special Olympics Illinois will be held on Sunday, August 22 beginning at 7:00 a.m. Bike riders, age twelve and older, are invited to participate in this 14.4 mile leisurely paced ride through Orland Park and the nearby bike trails. The cost is $20.00 per person with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Illinois.