Are you concerned about your neighborhood? Would you like to meet with law enforcement representatives in your community? Join us for Neighborhood Watch! All residents are invited to attend.
Maine Township Neighborhood Watch meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM at the Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. Neighborhood Watch brings residents together with local government and law enforcement to help build community awareness, boost safety, and resolve issues. Present at the meetings are representatives from the Cook County Sheriff's Office, the North Maine Fire Department, and the Maine Township Code Enforcement Office. In addition, Trustee Susan Moylan Krey has been a liaison between The Neighborhood Watch Group, The Cook County Sheriff's Department, and the Maine Township elected officials, bringing important issues to the table for discussion.
In addition to monthly meetings, Maine Township Neighborhood Watch works with the Cook County Sheriff's Police to sponsor "National Night Out Against Crime," which works to build the relationship between residents and local law enforcement.
An excellent range of hard-hitting topics for "Getting to Know Your Sheriff's Police" has been announced. Featured every month at Maine Township Neighborhood Watch meetings, the program brings in members of various units of the Cook County Sheriff's Police to give short presentations about their work. The following topics have been scheduled for the coming months with others to be announced at a later date:
- February — Narcotics Unit
Sgt. Andrew Douvris, one of the most tenured narcotics officers in the agency, will discuss the state of narcotics in suburban Cook County. He will also talk about the role Chicago plays as the Midwestern distribution point for illegal narcotics in the U.S.
- March — Hostage Negotiators
Sgt. William Leen will give an overview of the role hostage negotiators play when dealing with barricaded individuals or those holding hostages. He will also discuss how the negotiators work hand-in-hand with the Department's Hostage Barricade Terrorist Team to successfully and safety resolve dangerous situations.
- April — Incident Command Team
The vital role this part-time team plays when assisting the Hostage Barricade Team and Hostage Negotiators will be discussed. The program will also cover information about the work of the Incident Command Team in conducting roadside safety checks and assisting other department units during a variety of major operations.
- May — 911 Radio Room
A representative of the Sheriff's Police 911 Center will discuss the important information that is required when a citizen calls for 911 assistance. The additional precautions that are necessary to help keep callers, the officers who are dispatched and the public safe in times of crisis will also be covered.