In the Community
Palos Park Police Department highlights some of the many programs designed with your safety in mind. For more information on the latest details you may contact the Police Department at 708-448-2191.
The Village of Palos Park offers Administrative Adjudication as an alternative to court. This process addresses a wide range of cases involving violations of municipal ordinances that were previously heard in the Cook County Circuit Court. Such hearings, which take place at Village of Palos Park Kaptur Administrative Center, expedites resolutions, reduces litigation expenses, and allows the Circuit Court to focus on more serious offenses. These hearings are also more convenient for residents who wish to contest a ticket or citation.
Dog tags are required for all dogs residing in the Village of Palos Park. Dog tags may be purchased at the Kaptur Administrative Center, 8999 W. 123rd Street – the Administrative Offices of the Village. Hours are Mondays 9:00AM to 8:00PM, and Tuesdays through Fridays 9:00AM to 5:00PM. The cost is $5.00 per tag, and owners should bring their rabies tag number with then when registering a pet.
Bad Driver Report Form
Palos Park Police now offer an easy way to report Bad Driving with the Citizen Report Form. Download the form and keep a printed copy in the glove compartment of your automobiles. Download Bad Drive Report Form
Bike Safety Programs
The Bike Safety Program is a partnership with the Medical Profession to prevent Child Head Injuries. Head injuries are a major reason children visit hospital emergency rooms each summer. The program gives away free bike helmets.
FREE BICYCLE SAFETY HELMETS
Palos Park Police offers Free Bicycle Safety Helmets to children in Palos Park. Chief Joe Miller says ‘The helmets are a preventative measure in conjunction with the National Children-N-Safety Program.’ Helmets can be picked up at the Palos Park Police Department 8999 W. 123rd Street, For more information, contact Chief Joe Miller at 708-671-3770.
Citizen on Patrol Service (COPS)
The Palos Park C.O.P.S. (Citizens on Patrol Service) help the police department in a number of ways, and they make a difference in our community. Their work is designed to simply be an extra sets of eyes and ears for the police. Working in concert with police, the dozen or so men and women of the group patrol the village at all different hours, as their schedules allow. Most use their cars, although C.O.P.S. members also walk as they make their observations. Together, they donate about a thousand hours of service a year to Palos. C.O.P.S. members do not apprehend anyone or get involved beyond simple observation and reporting of what they see and hear. Applicants are screened, trained and paired with veteran C.O.P.S. members. There is no iron-clad commitment, and those who find that patrolling is not for them may leave at any time. Members are also occasionally privy to police information not available to the general public, on a “need to know” basis. Those interested in joining are advised to attend a C.O.P.S. meeting, set for 7 p.m. the last Friday of each month at the Kaptur Administrative Center, 8999 W. 123rd St.
Child is Missing Alert System
Palos Park Police Department partners with “A Child Is Missing” (ACIM) which is devoted to assisting law enforcement in the search and early safe recovery efforts of children, the elderly (often with Alzheimer’s), and disabled persons via a rapid-response neighborhood alert program utilizing high-tech telephony systems.
Child Safety Seat Inspections
Stop the Police Department anytime during business hours to have your Child Safety Seat Inspected.
Child Safety Fingerprinting
Palos Park Police offfersr Child ID Cards for each of your children. In the privacy of your own home, you can prepare personalized Child ID Cards for your children. That way if you ever need the information, it is already in one place. Extra forms are available for when your address or doctor changes. The Kit helps you build your children’s self-confidence by teaching them ways to stay safe. Free Child ID Cards are both a fingerprint and DNA document. Full instructions and special forms are included:
Your child’s fingerprint form.
Instructions on how to take child fingerprints.
Instructions on sampling each child’s DNA.
The best way to store DNA samples.
Personal information record for your child—medications, allergies, and doctor, as well as name, birthdate, and address.
Current photo record.
CodeRED Emergency Notification System
Emergency Notification Systems, or ENS, are systems to provide mass notification of residents in the event of an emergency. In Palos Park we have chosen to use the Emergency Communications Network, Inc. CodeRED system as a means to notify residents by phone.
Curfew in Palos Park
Village Ordinance, Section 656.01, states that persons under the age of 18 may not be in any public area, street or building unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian between 10:30 pm (11:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays) and sunrise of the next day. Parents are held responsible for any illegal activity by a minor child.
Emergency Service and Disaster Agency (E.S.D.A.) Plan
The Palos Park Emergency Management Agency is here to help you and your family prepare for emergency situations. In most instances, your first reaction to any emergency can make a big difference. A highway spill of hazardous materials could mean instant evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An earthquake or tornado could isolate you from basic services like gas, water, telephone, and electricity for several days. The more informed you are about the type of possible emergency situations that can occur, the better prepared you will be.
File for Life Program
The “File For Life” program is an offshoot of the Palos Park Police Department and Palos Women’s Club “ senior identification bracelet” program. The “File For Life” program is a simple program the respects the privacy of the individual, but at the same time provides quick and easy access to medical data for emergency personnel responding to a Palos Park resident’s home.
Kind-Find: Keeping Spectrum Kids Safe
Palos Park Police have joined Kind Find: Keeping Spectrum Kids Safe is a program designed to gently and safely approach and/or find children and dependent adults with autism spectrum disorders. It is a voluntary way for parents to provide information on their children to first responders.
Senior Volunteer Service Program
This program taps into the wealth of knowledge offered by many of our retired residents to assist our clerical staff.
Teen Hotline 708-671-3750
No Questions Asked! Palos Park teens are encouraged to call the anonymous hotline to report possible pending underage parties, where teens may be consuming alcohol and/or drugs and then getting into a vehicle and driving on our roadways.
“You are Not Alone” Program
This program provides for senior well-being checks geared towards Palos Park Senior Citizens who are self-sufficient, but would welcome a Palos Park Police Officer to stop and check on them periodically.
Vacation Watch Program
If you are leaving for vacation, in the process of selling a home, or otherwise in control of a property that will be closed up and/or vacant for an extended period of time, please inform the Police Department by stopping by our offices at 8999 W. 123rd Street. Hours are Mondays 9:00AM to 8:00PM, and Tuesdays through Fridays 9:00AM to 5:00PM. The Police Department will record the information, including the length of the vacancy, emergency contacts, key holders, and so forth. Additional information may include the location and use of timer lights on the premises, and if you are authorizing any friends, relatives or associates to be on your property or in your home, for example, to pick up mail. Forms for reporting this information are available at the Police Department. All information is kept strictly confidential. In an emergency situation/unexpected leave, please phone Central Dispatch at 708-448-2191.