The La Grange Park Police Department’s Adopt-A-Cop program began in 1999 as a means for providing elementary school-aged children in our community with positive, non-threatening opportunities to learn more about our police officers. It was felt that more could be done to enable students to realize that police personnel are not merely “enforcers” and to highlight the human side of our profession.
In this rewarding program, officers are “Adopted” by specific classes as their chosen officer for the upcoming school year. Each month, these officers spend 30 minutes with their respective classes and share information on age-appropriate topics, including:
Anti-bullying awareness and conflict resolution skills
Anti-drug and tobacco messaging
Bike and pedestrian safety
Following school rules
Police equipment lectures and station tours
Respecting others and their property
The benefits of this program are many, and include:
Increased relationship-building between students and officers
Positive role-modeling for students
Officers gain greater appreciation for the challenges faced by teachers and administrators
School faculty and staff learn more about their local police department
We are proud of the success our Adopt-A-Cop program has enjoyed since its inception. In 2000, it was recognized by Cook County Crimestoppers and the Chicagoland Area Chamber of Commerce with the Public Sector Award as an innovative community crime prevention program.