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The Itasca Police Department

How do you maintain a high level of police services in a busy urban environment? Through highly trained and dedicated employees and volunteers committed to our community policing philosophy, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and individualized and customized police services.

Itasca Police Department

The principles of community policing have traditionally emphasized the dimensions of proactive policing, problem solving, and community partnerships and cooperation. “The idea behind our community policing philosophy is to make the Police Department more outcome driven, more approachable, more accountable and more transparent,” says Chief Scott Heher. “By earning the public’s trust, we’re able to make connections and partner with the community in our crime prevention efforts.”

The Police Department’s community outreach efforts are further illustrated through its partnership with Subaru of America. With its Great Lakes Regional headquarters in Itasca, Subaru of America has been a community partner and good corporate citizen for years.

In 2008, Subaru of America provided the Police Department a sleek Impreza WRX STI. This striking vehicle, adorned with eye-catching Illinois Torch Run for Special Olympics graphics, has received numerous awards at local car shows and was a hit at the Chicago Auto Show. In 2009, Subaru provided another Impreza WRX STI for department use.

The response from the public has been remarkable. “We really wanted something eye-catching that would appeal to drivers of all ages,” says Crime Prevention Officer Rick Brogan. “Subaru recommended the Impreza WRX STI for its looks, styling, performance and appeal. Each Impreza has been a tremendous hit. We've received awards at local cars shows. People have taken photos of the car while driving down the highway. People talk to us a stoplights. It's appeared on blogs. The reception has been tremendous.”

On July 11, 2009, Subaru of America, in partnership with the Village of Itasca, set the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Subaru cars. To achieve this feat, a total of 339 Subaru owners drove their cars in a 4.1-mile parade through the Village of Itasca. Tom Gerke, Subaru Regional Operations Manager, says, “This record would not have been possible without the collective support and cooperation of the Village. All of us at Subaru are proud of our partnership with the Village and look forward to working together and, more importantly, giving back to the communities in which we live and work.”

Each year, the Police Department has partnered with other governmental organizations and business groups to participate in National Night Out, and each year the Village has been an award winner for its population category. “National Night Out is a great opportunity to bring our community together. It’s not just a police event but a community-wide event,” says Deputy Chief Bob O’Connor. This year, over 3,000 people participated in Itasca’s National Night Out.

In 2007, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced the Itasca Police Department as the recipient of the Governor’s Home Town Award for its Citizen Volunteer Program. The Governor's Home Town Award formally recognizes those community efforts that depend on the voluntary commitment of community residents and organizations.

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