Orland Park Police Department Joins International Chiefs' One Mind Campaign

Orland Park Police Department Joins International Chiefs' One Mind Campaign
Posted on 01/17/2017

The Orland Park Police Department has joined the International Association of Chiefs of Police's "One Mind Campaign." This initiative was created to unite local communities, public safety organizations and mental health organizations so that the three become "of one mind."

"The Orland Park Police Department continues to expand its services to meet the ever-changing needs of our community," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "The One Mind Campaign is a great example of the department further training its personnel and partnering with a local mental health organization to better understand how to best respond to calls with those struggling with mental illness."

One Mind Campaign's objective is to promote successful interactions between police officers and those with mental illness. To join the program, the Orland Park Police Department has committed to implementing four promising practices over a 12 to 36 month period.

These include establishing a clearly defined and sustainable partnership with a community mental health organization. Participants must develop and implement a model policy to address police response to persons affected by mental illness.

"Law enforcement officers around the world --- not just in the United States --- are being called to situations involving those suffering from mental illness," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Orland Park has always been proactive in its programs and the police department's commitment to the One Mind Campaign is another example of that."

Orland Park is one of the first 52 agencies in the nation to take this pledge and has a total of 21 officers trained as certified crisis intervention officers.

"Our officers have received training that will better prepare and equip them to recognize signs of mental illness and to take the proper steps to deescalate situations involving people with mental illness," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy.

Agencies must train and certify 100 percent of their sworn officers and selected non-sworn staff that includes dispatchers in mental health first aid training. The fourth objective is to provide crisis intervention team training to a minimum of 20 percent of the agency's sworn officers and selected non-sworn staff.

"We are pleased to participate in the One Mind Campaign," said Orland Park Police Sergeant Troy Siewert, the department's program coordinator. "This is another way for the Orland Park Police Department to provide a quality response to calls involving those affected by mental illness."

Orland Park has partnered with Trinity Services, Inc. to provide long term mental health services. The police department also works closely with Palos Community and Silver Cross Hospitals to ensure that those in mental crisis are provided with immediate care.

"The Village of Orland Park also offers help through its Orland Park Substance Awareness Forum," McLaughlin said. "OPSAF is a group of area professionals that I brought together to help families facing problems related to addiction. They've become a great resource for families from throughout the region."

McLaughlin created the forum in the spring of 2015 bringing together counseling, medical, religious, academic, law enforcement and emergency medical service professionals to work together to help individuals and families. More information about OPSAF and the group's resource guide are available at www.opcares.net.
Orland Park Substance Awareness Forum