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"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.

Chief Miller of Palos Park Police Department

Police Chief , 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 and feedback.

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 - Biography

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 Sheriff’s Academy.

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 professionals.