“Roll Call in the Park” Added To Police Department's Summer Line Up

“Roll Call in the Park” Added To Police Department's Summer Line Up
Posted on 06/18/2009

The summer months offer the Orland Park Police Department many opportunities to meet the public it serves.

"Our summer events are designed so police personnel can meet with residents and discuss any concerns they may have," said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "These programs also enable us to explain how the Orland Park Police Department functions," the chief added.

"Each summer, the department hosts Trailers in the Park, when we bring out equipment, give aways and public safety materials so residents can learn more about our many programs," said Investigator Dawn Gorman-Kenny, of the Community Policing Unit.

Trailers in the Park will be held June 19 at Doogan Park; July 17 at Heritage Park and August 14 at Marley Park. Police personnel will staff each park beginning at 1:00 p.m. and will cook hot dogs for visitors at approximately 5:00 p.m.

New to the Police Department's summer line up this year will be "Roll Call in the Park," during which police personnel will gather for their shift roll call at different parks throughout the summer.

"Typically, it's the afternoon shift that begins at 2:35 p.m.," McCarthy said. "The public is invited to observe the roll call and meet the officers for a few minutes before they go on patrol," he added. Exact times and dates will be announced within the next few weeks through the local media, the village's Code Red System and with signage at the selected parks.

"Holding roll call in the village parks is yet another example of the Police Department bringing its personnel into the neighborhoods so the residents can meet and talk with the men and women who serve our community," said Trustee Patricia Gira, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee.

"It's nice for both the police officers and the residents to meet in a non-stressful setting and for the community to know about the many services offered by the Police Department," she added.

During the Village of Orland Park's Independence Spectacular at Centennial Park, the Police Department will be a part of the Friday, July 3rd Kids' Day activities.

One of the department's largest events is its annual National Night Out Celebration, planned for August 4 of this year. Held in the evening at the Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Orland Park's National Night Out Celebration has won national honors.

"The department brings in other agencies and public safety organizations and the community gets to know more about these groups in a fun-filled, informative atmosphere," Gira said.

"We invite residents to turn on their outside house lights as a statement against crime and then come up to the Village Center for the festivities," McCarthy said.

The Orland Park Police Department will participate in the Taste of Orland Park July 31, August 1 and 2. "We'll be a part of Saturday's kids' activities," Gorman-Kenny said. On Saturday, August 1, the department's Canine Unit will conduct a demonstration at the John Humphrey Sports Complex at 1:30 p.m. Also during Kids' Day, parents and guardians will be able to obtain free Kid Care I.D. passport booklets with their child's photograph, an important tool in helping to find missing children.

On Sunday, August 23, the department will host its annual Police Ride for the Illinois Special Olympics. A 14.4 mile bicycling fundraiser, the ride begins and ends at Paddy B's in Old Orland. The ride is open to those ages twelve and older. Further information is available by calling the Orland Park Police Department's non-emergency number, 708/349-4111.

McCarthy said, "With each of our events, there are usually a few laughs, a great exchange of information and a better understanding of how we can all work together to keep Orland Park and its residents as safe as we possibly can."