"Serving with Pride"
Fall / Winter 2014
Dear Palos Park Resident:
On behalf of the men and women of the Palos Park Police
Department, we would like to welcome you to our department
website. We are committed to providing the citizens of Palos
Park with the highest level of police service by meeting
nationally set standards of police excellence through model
policies, procedures, and practices.
, Joe Miller
Palos Park is a full service law
enforcement agency with twenty-nine sworn officers who
patrol the village twenty-four hours a day. We staff our
field officers predicated on peak days and times when we
need the most staff available. We utilize Southwest Central
Dispatch, which has an Enhanced 911 system. This system also
serves the Palos Fire Protection District.
We believe the very best policing takes place when an entire
community works as a united team to meet and overcome
challenges. The Palos Park Police Department recognizes and
appreciates the ongoing contributions citizens make toward
creating a “community climate” which fosters great policing.
Each member of our agency is dedicated to delivering
excellent service to the public and maintaining the high
quality of life we enjoy in Palos Park.
Over the years, we have built strong working relationships
throughout our community. These relationships have allowed
us to build collaborative partnerships to effectively reduce
crime and crime-related activity throughout our
neighborhoods and business area, so our citizens feel safe
and secure where they live, work, and visit in Palos Park.
The Palos Park website has been designed to help our users
better understand the administrative and operational aspects
of the Palos Park Police Department. The information
provided on this site is just one of the many ways we reach
out to the public and we welcome your comments, questions
Thank you for visiting our website and welcome to the
Village of Palos Park!
We cannot function effectively without input from the people
we are here to serve. If we can be of any assistance to you
or answer any questions you may have regarding our
department please feel free to stop in our facility, call
708- 671-3770, or e-mail
Dan Polk, Police Commissioner
Joe Miller, Chief of Police
Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller -
Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller began his career in policing while
still in high school. While still in high school, Joe became a police
cadet and attained the rank of Cadet Captain. He has remained a big
proponent of the Law Enforcement Exploring and cadet programs.
After graduating from Brother Rice High
School in Chicago, Joe worked for the Chicago Police Department in their
Data Systems Unit. While attending college, Joe started as a dispatcher
with the Orland Park Police Department and became an Orland Park officer
in the 1980’s. Joe attended recruit training at the Cook County
During his career Joe has worked as a
Juvenile officer, Truck Enforcement officer, Arson investigator,
detective, patrol sergeant, lieutenant, commander and deputy chief. In
the summer of 1992 Joe became the Chief of Police in Orland Hills,
Illinois where he served for six years.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in
Criminal-Social Justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, a
Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Lewis University and a Master
of Business Administration from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.
In addition he is also graduate of the
Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command,
Northwester’s Executive Management Program, the F.B.I.’s Law Enforcement
Executive Development program, DePaul University’s Human Resource
Management program and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at
Harvard University’s Executive Management training.
Joe currently teaches criminology and
management courses at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills,
IL and Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Joe is the past president of
the 5th District Police Chiefs Association and past president of the
Greater Cook County Council of Police Chiefs.
Joe completed the 2012-2013 Notre Dame
Mendoza College of Business, Intercultural Management program focusing
on principled centered business practices and skills in government
service. In the fall of 2013, Joe began taking part in The Rutgers
University Business School Human Resource Law “Best Practices” program
for 2013-2014, which serves as refresher course for Human Resource