The Administrative Services Division includes Police Administration, Community Strategies, Traffic Coordinator, Records Section, Community Services Section, Property Section, Parking Enforcement, School Crossing Guards, Accreditation Process and clerical staff. A large number of events and activities are undertaken by the Administrative Services Division.
Throughout the year, the Administrative Commander coordinates sessions of the Citizens Police Academy with classes covering Investigations, DUI Enforcement, Identity Theft, and Forensic Pathology/Anthropology. Experts from the police department and outside agencies assisted in these areas of instruction.
Other activities performed include the scheduling and administration of officers, CSO’s and civilian personnel going to training classes, continuing efforts to complete the ILEAP accreditation process, and preliminary work for the FY 2011-12 budget.
The department has six Community Service Officers, (CSO’s), one Property Clerk, two Parking Enforcement Officers, (PEO’s) and four part-time Info Techs. This group is the backbone of the department, handling their day-to-day assignments as well as assisting the Police, Fire and Public Works departments with various additional duties. Community Service Officers and our part-time Info Techs man the non-emergency police desk twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The CSO Coordinator is the Quartermaster for the sworn officers. Uniforms for new officers are purchased, as well as any uniform items officers may need throughout the year. Some other specific duties handled by this department include:
Producing the licensing for each taxi cab
Fingerprinting of residents (by appointment only)
Assisting with the adjudication process
Working with the City in issuing solicitor licenses
The collection of revenue from meters (assisting Public Works)
In the event of a crash or fire, the CSO’s and PEO’s assist with traffic control.
Every time it snows at least two inches, Public Works will call a Snow Command, CSO’s and PEO’s come in (any time/day or night) and will ticket and arrange for vehicles to be towed so that the streets can be plowed and cleared for our residents.
Our CSO’s and PEO’s also work many special events held within City –
Norwegian Day parade
Memorial Day parade
4th of July Fireworks
Taste of Park Ridge (a 3-day event)
National Night Out
Charity Classic (5k run)
Fire Department Open House
Merchants Open House
Additionally, the PEO’s work six days a week, patrolling the parking areas of town and looking for ticket scofflaws.
As you can see, this is a vital division of the department that is an extremely important component to the entire police department and other city departments as well.
The Community Strategies Section of the Police Department is dedicated to the community oriented policing philosophy which strives to develop partnerships between the police and the community in efforts to keep Park Ridge safe. The success of the Department's Community Strategies Section depends upon all department personnel working together in partnership with the community. By educating the community on crime prevention techniques and by getting citizens involved in crime prevention activities, we can reduce the number of crimes in Park Ridge and increase the quality of life for its citizens.
For Traffic related issues, concerns or suggestions, contact Officer Tom Rechlicz at 847-318-5220.