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.
Chief of Police
Alsip Police Department