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 Street
Palos Park, IL 60464