Village officials are committed to bringing greater public understanding to how the Oak Park Police Department operates.
One of the first tasks Police Chief LaDon Reynolds undertook when he became chief last year was to begin a review of the more than 300 internal orders, rules and regulations that govern local police procedures.
Making this process transparent and open to the public took on added urgency in the midst of the national conversation about policing that has ensued since George Floyd was killed at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in late May.
At the time of Floyd's death, Village officials committed to a public discussion about police training, policies and technology such as body cameras to determine the best ways to improve how the Oak Park Police Department serves the community.
The community listening sessions are the first step in this larger process.