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Oak Park launches comprehensive community safety assessment

Feb. 23, 2022 - How effectively and equitably does the Oak Park Police Department deliver services to all members of the community, but specifically to people of color?

The Village Board has commissioned a comprehensive community safety study to answer that question and come up with ways for improving how equitably Oak Park Police deliver services to the diverse taxpayers they serve.

Led by national consultant BerryDunn, the community safety assessment will examine several aspects of the Police Department including its overall operations, internal and external race equity issues, the response-to-calls-for-service model the Department follows and how other communities address policing equity issues.

The process is intended to produce recommendations to improve Oak Park Police Department techniques, policies, and practices, officials say.

Community involvement is key to ensuring residents have a voice in a comprehensive review process some say could shape how the Oak Park Police Department carries out its mission for decades to come.

Residents are invited to provide feedback by attending community meetings, which will be held both in person and virtually, taking online surveys and participating in a variety of other ways via a dedicated web portal at

In addition to interactive opportunities, the web portal also has information on the project, dates of upcoming events and links to feedback opportunities and surveys.

Several citizen engagement opportunities are already on the calendar for March, with more to come. Details will be posted at

Residents are urged to monitor the web portal and follow the Village’s social media platforms — and — for timely reminders about specific events and opportunities to participate.

The project is expected to wrap up in late summer or early fall. For more information, email