On November 19, an independent team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) representing the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will review and examine the Oak Forest Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services against established criteria of professional excellence.

“The review is part of our long-standing goal to achieve the highest level of law enforcement accreditation,” said Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson. “If we meet or exceed the team’s standards we will join only 18 other law enforcement agencies that have received the coveted accreditation status from the program as of October 2014.”

As part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the assessment team regarding the department’s ability to comply with ILEAP’s professional standards. The ILEAP assessors assigned to conduct the evaluation and audit are Lieutenant Joseph Mitchell, who has been with the Orland Park Police Department since 1995, and Commander Jason Leavitt, a 23-year law enforcement veteran who currently works for the Park Ridge Police Department. The public can submit feedback to Lieutenant Mitchell and Commander Leavitt on November 19 between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. by calling 708-687-4050, ext. 1224 or sending an e-mail to jmitchell@orlandpark.org. Telephone comments will be limited to five minutes.

The ILEAP accreditation standards are available for review on the ICPA’s website at www.ilchiefs.org under the “Programs” tab. Further questions about the ILEAP accreditation process can be forwarded to Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson at 708-687-1376 or ganderson@oak-forest.org.