The Orland Park Police Patrol Division is responsible for responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service 24 hours a day. The division enforces criminal and traffic offenses, as well as local ordinances violations.
The Patrol Division provides traffic control, investigates crashes, conducts preliminary investigations, and documents matters with typed reports. The Patrol Division is the most visible component of the police department. Patrol Division officers and supervisors develop relationships with the public and engage the community while carrying out their daily duties.
The Patrol Division consists of three patrol shifts and a Traffic Safety Unit. The Patrol Division also staffs a seasonal Bicycle Patrol Unit and deploys a full-time Canine Unit.
The Traffic Safety Unit is a component of the Patrol Division and is staffed with one lieutenant and four traffic officers. The unit is primarily responsible for Village-wide traffic enforcement, major traffic crash investigations, and traffic enforcement planning.
The Bicycle Patrol Unit is a unit of the Orland Park Police Department and is comprised of four sworn patrol officers. The unit is designed to utilize alternative patrol techniques to address all types of criminal activity. Bicycle patrol officers are available for special functions such as block parties and community events. The patrol's objectives include:
The K-9 Unit is a support unit consisting of an officer / handler(s) and their trained police canine. The K-9 Unit is assigned regular patrol duties in addition to their K-9 function. The unit is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The canine unit does provide outside agency assistance based on the department's "Mutual Assistance Canine Policy."
Duties of the unit include:
The purpose of this program is to give special attention to homes that are vacant when residents are on vacation and to shorten the time of discovery of a crime should a burglary or other offense be committed. Each home on the Vacation Watch Program is physically inspected three times daily by a beat officer.
If you meet the criteria and wish for a vacation watch to be conducted on your home, you may request an officer to your home to complete the necessary paperwork by calling the Orland Park Police Headquarters at (708) 349-4111. To qualify, you must:
To assure the utmost care in the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes, the Orland Park Police Department utilizes evidence technicians (ETs) and field ETs. An ET is a police officer, who is generally an investigator, that is trained in the accepted methods of evidence collection, preservation, and processing. Their primary responsibility is to process a crime scene.
A field ET is an experienced police officer who is trained in acceptable methods of evidence collection, preservation, and processing, but has primary responsibilities as a patrol officer. The use of field ET allows the rapid response of an ET to any crime scene.