La Grange Park Police Department officers value opportunities for daily, personal interactions with the citizens we serve. From April 1st to October 31st of each year, officers of all ranks get out of their squad cars and engage in the traditional policing practice of conducting foot patrols in residential neighborhoods, business areas, and in the schools. We believe these “walk and talk” patrols are positive for many reasons, including:
- Residents get to know their officers and vice versa.
- Officers gain a better understanding of the rhythms of the neighborhoods they patrol.
- Daily conversations build trust and increase willingness to share critical information and observations about the community.
- Police presence deters the incidence of criminal activity.
- Officers engage in an activity which promotes health and well-being.
- Foot patrol saves gas, reduces wear and tear on department vehicles, and reduces environmental emissions.
If you see an officer on foot in your area, please do not be alarmed! We encourage you to take a moment to engage with the officer and discuss community issues, observations, or other concerns you might have so our department can more effectively address your needs. Chief Contois believes strongly in building and maintaining community trust through direct communication, so please stop and say hello.