Letter from the Chief Jay Miller

Alsip Police Chief Jay Miller
Photo for Tactical Media by Kathleen Virginia Page.

Dear Alsip Neighbors,

I’m honored to serve you and my fellow officers as your new Chief of Police.

It’s a title and responsibility I don’t take lightly. During almost two decades I’ve worked with a great team of Alisp officers and been honored to hold positions ranging from field training officer to detective to command officer overseeing the 911 call center. And I’ll bring those boots-on-the-ground experiences as your Chief.

Public safety is a vital partnership between police and the community we serve, and I’m looking forward to increasing our engagement and communications with you as we all work towards a common goal: making Alsip a safe place for everyone to enjoy.

I’m committed to accomplishing that shared goal and evolving our operations so that we’re performing at our optimal level for you. These changes have already begun, as you may have noticed our new website (special thanks to Brian Massari), and we’re making plans to:

  • Improve public communications and accessibility. The redesigned website is easier to navigate and optimized for mobile use, so you can access public safety resources and read the latest news from the palm of your hand, on demand. Click here to check it out.
  • Increase our social media presence to share information. We want to connect with you, share information, and collaborate online to keep our neighborhoods safe. You’ll notice a new look and regular postings. Please friend our personal page on Facebook here @AlsipPD so that we can tag you in community photos and posts, and follow our organization page @AlsipPolice for the latest news. You can also follow us on Twitter @AlsipPD.
  • Share more behind-the-scenes stories. Our officers are working hard to make Alsip the best it can be, and we’ll be transparent and keep you posted on how we’re doing it – like this video of an active shooter training with the Fire Department at the Swap-O-Rama.
  • Engage with you more. We’ll build on our Crime Prevention program and launch new ones to work with community members more often. We’re in the early stages of building a Citizens Police Academy, where you can learn what it takes to become a police officer and how you can become an Alsip PD partner in fighting crime.
  • Proactive policing. We’ve made new hires to make sure we’re operating at full capacity, as we’re now staffing 42 full-time officers, nine dispatchers, three support staff, and five community officers. Our department divisions will work in unison to identify crime trends and address problems quickly. This collaboration will reach beyond the Alsip PD to include key public safety partners, such as the village departments and county, state, and federal officials because we can get more done by working together than by working alone.

There are new efforts underway and new people on board to help make these visions become a reality, and I’m grateful for the enthusiasm from Mayor John Ryan and Police Committee Chairperson Sheila McGreal.

And I of course want to make sure we’re serving and connecting with you in the best ways. Please share your thoughts or ideas with us via this short survey. We’ll look forward to your feedback and partnering on public safety.

All best,

Jay Miller
Chief of Police
Alsip Police Department

Don’t Get Scammed – Com Ed Alert

Crime Alerts | Village of Alsip

ComEd has seen an increase in reports of individuals calling ComEd customers and falsely claiming their electric service will be disconnected unless payment is made. These impersonators instruct customers to buy a prepaid credit card and call back to a different phone number with the personal identification number (PIN) or other personal information. They also use a tactic called “spoofing” to manipulate the Caller ID displayed phone number so that it appears as a ComEd number.

Remember

ComEd representatives will never call you to ask you for cash or request that you purchase a prepaid credit card to make a payment on your bill. If you have concerns about the status of your account, call ComEd’s Customer Service line at 1-800-334-7661(1-800-EDISON1).

Report Phone Scams

Unfortunately, this scam and many, many, others are quite common in today’s world. Many of them originate from overseas offenders and it’s near impossible to identify who they are in this world of computer and other technologies. It is imperative the public be informed and understand it is o.k. to hang up on all unsolicited phone calls. As you all know, the scammers are already treading into scam calls on all of our cell phones. You are under no obligation to speak to anyone. A simple “no thanks”, and a hanging up, is all it takes. 

If you believe you have been the target of a phone scam, ComEd urges you to contact the Illinois Attorney General’s office at 1-800-386-5438 (TTY 1-800-964-3013), or visit the Illinois Attorney General’s website  “Protecting Consumers” link.

Alsip Residents, thank you for making our day brighter!

In an officer’s line of work, the men and women that keep our community safe are fueled by compliments like the feedback below.  The Alsip Police Department would like to thank the community for their support!

 

Happy Halloween, Chief!

Families appreciated the extra patrol tonight, snacks, and bags:

Heather Jansen-Tomkow Loved seeing the police presence tonight! And the goodie bags for the kids after school. We have an amazing P.D.!

Amanda Wehrwein Bettio‎ to Alsip PD

Thank you for making your presence known yesterday. It was wonderful to stop and chat with the police as the kids trick or treated and thank you for handing out trick or treat bags.

Agne Tolkaciovaite

My boys made a new friend! Thank you Alsip PD

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Heads-up from a follower about an alleged parking violation:

  • Sal Pinto you guys need to start enforcing the residential zoning parking ord.i have a 1 ton tow truck that parks on my street all day and all night,and in front of —my house at 116 & kenton .

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And overwhelmingly positive response following the Oct. 3 events:

  • Gaby Arias Love how Alsip police takes time to answer on comments and most of all love to see them drive by my street more then 2 times a day making sure everyone is safe!! THANK YOU!!!
  • Brian Allen Love that the Police Department and community backs its officers.
  • Tim Brady THANK YOU FOR SERVICE APD
  • Michael A. Triggs Thanks for always doing your best to keep all residents safe. You are all very much appreciated! God Bless You.
  • Donna Earll-Maslovitz Thank you Alsip PD. Always proud
  • Andy Tourves Great work. Thank you for removing this trash from the street!
  • Mary Lou Poremba Thanks, BLUE, for doing your usual good job
  • Tad Dymanus Great work boys in blue you have our support with pride
  • Anna Marie Wail-Esparza Thanks and great job APD. Glad the officers are ok. God bless.
  • John Darge I support my brothers and good friends at Alsip Police Dept. Much love and respect -stay safe.
  • Erica Christine The fact that they had to issue this long statement to defend their actions makes me angry! Kudos to Alsip police and thank you for keeping people safe!
  • Cindy Sarna Thank you for the update and so happy to hear the Officers were not seriously injured
    Great Job 💙
  • Lois Paul Maslanka Very happy to hear the officers are both ok. You do what you have to do to protect yourselves. And I’ll leave it at that. And yes you did a great job!!
  • Ryan Koehler Oh well. Shouldn’t have tried to run him over. I’m not a cop and if you try and run me over imma shoot them too.
    Good job!
  • Lynn Murray Thank you to the States Attorney for bring charges that fit. Alsip citizens stand behind our men in Blue. #AlsipStrong