The Palos Park Police Foundation

PPPF at Autumn in the Park 2014


Come see us at Autumn in the Park this year on Saturday, September 20th.  Watch for our cars in the parade and visit our tent on the grounds.


Officers Fight Crime with New Tough Pads


Thanks to the Palos Park Police Foundation, Palos Park Police Department officers will soon be armed new crime-fighting tools: a digital tough pad which will equip officers with a computer Tough Pad outfitted with an application that can access a trove of police databases.   This app includes everything from arrest records to the text of 911 calls in real-time.

Police Commissioner Dan Polk said, “ Just about everything an officer  can access in the station they will be able to access in their patrol car, on their walking beat, as they're responding to a crime.” Polk noted, “this project is the future of the Palos Park Police Department and giving police speedier access to the databases is a significant officer-safety issue,"


PPPF Will Help Equip Patrol Officers


Written by Kevin Olsen

From the Regional News, April 29, 2010
© 2010 by The Regional. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

Keeping Palos Park police officers safe from harm in the line of duty is the goal of a new nonprofit corporation, the first of its kind in the state of Illinois.

The Rev. Lane Hensley, the Police Department’s chaplain, along with former mayor Carolyn Baca, created the Palos Park Police Foundation in March to help equip the Police Department with resources not available from the budget.

All money raised through the foundation will be used to fund equipment such as bullet-proof vests, and training for officers.

The pastor of the Church of the Transfiguration, Hensley made a presentation on the foundation before the Village Council on Monday.

Hensley said the foundation is the first in Illinois although about 35 similar organizations exist throughout the country. It is the only organization authorized to solicit funding on behalf of the Police Department.

Gifts to the foundation are tax deductible and can be mailed to 8999 W 123rd St., or made online at the corporation’s website,


The Case for a Police Foundation


The Palos Park Police Foundation is a private/public partnership between the Palos Park Police Department and the grateful residents they serve. Crime affects Palos Park as much as any other community. Palos Park feels like a sleepy town, and our police officers work hard to keep it that way. They identify and arrest sexual predators, home invaders, con artists, heroin-addicted purse snatchers, and well-armed bank robbers. They routinely risk their own safety to stop wanted criminals who come here in the hopes of preying on our citizens. Their well-visit checks and cadet programs offer tangible and life-changing support for the most vulnerable citizens of our village.