Police Department Partners with Community to Keep Wood Dale Safe
By building and fostering strong relationships with the people who live and work in the area, the Wood Dale Police Department has continued to see low crime statistics.
2017 saw the majority of crime measurements remain stable from 2016 after a decrease in the past several years. Wood Dale Police Chief Greg Vesta credits this decrease thanks, in part, to the outreach the department has undertaken to create awareness with residents.
“Our focus is to police with our community and not on our community,” says Vesta. “We have an awesome responsibility to protect the rights of all our citizens, provide professional services and exceed expectations.”
By developing programs such as the Citizen Police Academy, Wood Dale Night Out, Bike Patrol Unit, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) and Volunteer Service Program, the Police Department identifies problems, understands expectations and solves issues affecting the City. “We cannot be successful as an agency without the support and strong relationships with members of our community,” says Vesta. Participants have the opportunity to directly interact with police, gain a better understanding of operations and play a key role in keeping their friends and families safe.
While crime statistics did remain stable in 2017, the City saw a significant decrease in the number of traffic accidents reported, dropping almost 25% from the year before. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including increased funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation for traffic safety and enforcement grants, the deployment of over 500 special traffic enforcement details, and the stabilization of traffic patterns with major construction projects being completed in town. The department also deployed three new traffic speed awareness signs that rotate locations throughout the City to make drivers aware of their speed in residential neighborhoods.
The Wood Dale Police Department will continue playing a significant role with the community in 2018 with continued interaction with students at local schools, conducting safety drills, maintaining a presence at parks and local activities, and hosting its own networking opportunities such as the annual Shop with a Cop and Police Night Out events.
The recently compiled 2017 Wood Dale Police Department Annual Report is now available, and contains important statistics, facts and details the ways in which the Wood Dale Police Department partners with citizens to allow them to play an active role in making Wood Dale a safer place to live, work and play.
Click here to view the 2017 Wood Dale Police Department Annual Report