04-17-2008 -Orland Park Police To Host National Night Out

04-17-2008 - Orland Park Police To Host National Night Out
Posted on 04/17/2008

The Orland Park Police Department will host its event from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, one block west of LaGrange Road/U.S. Route 45.

National Night Out is an evening of activities for all ages, along with opportunities to learn more about public and personal safety.

Residents across the country are encouraged to turn on their porch lights as a statement against crime before joining the festivities held in their towns.

"Orland Park's National Night Out festivities heighten the awareness of our residents and businesses, helping them learn what they can do to help prevent crime," said Orland Park Police Chief Timothy McCarthy.

"The night's activities are directed, to a large extent, to the children in our community to encourage them to be alert for criminal activity and to make them more comfortable with the police in an informal, fun setting," the chief added.

Orland Park's activities will include bicycle registration and visits with the Orland Park Police Department Bike Patrol Officers. Parents will be able to have their children's photos taken for the passport-type identification booklet that the parents keep. The Police Department's D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officers will be on hand, as will members of the department's Special Response Team.
The Police Department is conducting a community wide push for residents to register their bicycles for free with the department.

"It's easier to find the owner of a lost or stolen bike that's registered with the Police Department," said Sergeant Tom Lynch. Bicycle registration is available at the front desk of the new police station, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue, and will be available at National Night Out.

"The annual National Night Out gives residents the opportunity to meet the members of our Police Department in an informal atmosphere to learn ways to avoid crime and protect belongings," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Police Committee. "The success of this wonderful event is due to the tremendous effort of the Police Department and their support staff," Gira added.

This year's National Night Out will also include a Free Community Document Shred, provided by ProShred, an Orland Park based mobile document destruction company. Families are invited to bring 100 pounds of documents to National Night Out to have them shredded for free as part of the Orland Park Police Department's Identity Theft Prevention Program.

Free gun locks will be available for those who show valid Firearms Owner Identification Cards (FOID).

Orland Park Police Canine Officer James Heramb and the department's police dog, K-9 Bosco will conduct a demonstration. The Orland Fire Protection District, a separate government entity, will participate to discuss fire safety, giving visitors a close up view of firefighting and emergency medical care equipment.

This year's National Night Out includes the return of the Showcase Classics Custom Car Show featuring antiques, hot rods and custom cars. The evening will also include a disc jockey, contests, prizes, raffles, magic show and face painting.

Additional information is available by calling the Orland Park Police Department's non-emergency number at 708/349-4111.