Cell phone use regulations enforced…Oak Park Police aggressively enforce state laws that make it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving. Under state law, motorists are prohibited from using a cell or smart phone while driving unless via a hands-free device. With research supporting that all cell phone use is equally distracting once a conversation begins, Oak Park Police urge motorists to put their devices aside while driving.
Concealed-carry…Oak Park Police are working with local businesses and organizations to help them understand their rights and responsibilities under the state’s new concealed-carry law. Carrying a concealed firearm is prohibited in most public buildings and gatherings, including schools, parks, playgrounds and government facilities such as Village Hall, as well as establishments where more than 50 percent of the gross receipts are from alcohol sales. Property owners who wish to prohibit patrons from carrying a concealed firearm on their premises must display a state-approved sign. For more details on the new law, including sign specifics, call 708.386.3800 or visit www.isp.state.il.us and click on firearms under the agency links tab.
Police escort…Any resident uneasy about walking to or from a public transit stop, public garage or other site in the community may contact the Police Department for an escort from dusk until dawn. Residents are asked to consider seeking assistance from friends and family first, since officers may be needed for emergency calls. Call 708.386.3800 for information or an escort.
Get to know your resident beat police officer…The Resident Beat Officer Program emphasizes the value of open communication between the Oak Park Police Department and the community by assigning sworn officers to work from their homes in the community. Each Resident Beat Officer — or RBO — works directly with neighbors to identify and address local problems. All RBOs can be reached by telephone or email. For information on your neighborhood’s RBO, visit www.oak-park.us/police.
Crime Tip Hot Line…Citizens are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department’s Crime Tip Hot Line at 708.434.1636. All callers remain anonymous. Anonymous tips also can be made at www.oak-park.us/police. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1.
Don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1…Oak Park’s community policing approach relies on residents taking an active role. If you see unusual activity, suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately. For more information on the Community Policing Program, or to contact your Resident Beat Officer, call 708.386.3800 or visit www.oak-park.us/police.