Calling the Oak Park Police is not the only way to report suspicious activity or persons. The more than 200 vehicles bearing the Village of Oak Park logo offer an added tool to communicate with law enforcement.
Known as Fleet Watch, the decades-old program enlists the entire municipal workforce that is on the street every day conducting a wide range of activities, from inspecting construction projects to fixing street lights and conducting restaurant inspections.
Anyone walking, biking or driving in Oak Park can stop a municipal vehicle anywhere, anytime to report an incident or issue. Village workers driving these municipal vehicles have a direct line to the Police either by two-way radio, cell phone or both. In addition, these Village employees have been trained to report anything they see that is suspicious, dangerous or even criminal so that Police officers can be dispatched to the scene as necessary.
The Fleet Watch program is, in many ways, like a neighborhood watch initiative, but traveling throughout the community. Of course, calling 911 remains the most effective means to communicate in an emergency.