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Palos Park Police Department Police Cadet Scholarship Program Make
Nov. 15, 2010
The Palos Park Police Department believes in promoting the policing
profession as a lifelong career. A formal education is necessary to be
successful in the future police profession.
Each year the Palos Park Police
Department, Palos Park Police Cadet program and the Palos Park Police
Department Citizen on Patrol Service COPS join forces to assist members
of the cadet program with their college tuition.
The Palos Park Police Department will
provide individual cadets with scholarship funding for tuition and
expenses while they attend a local a community college.
This year’s recipient is Cadet Sergeant
Jeremy Maske of Palos Hills. Jeremy is currently a senior at Stagg High
school, but finishing his second semester as a Criminal Justice student
at Moraine Valley Community College.
Mayor John Mahoney and Officer John
Murray will make the presentation at the September 27, 2010 Palos Park
Village Council Meeting.
Palos Park Police Cadets help the Palos
Park Library in their Food for Fines program
This holiday season, the Palos Park Police Cadets will be working in
partnership with the Palos Park Library in their Food for Fines program
"Food for fines" allows you to donate to the library, which will turn
the cans over to a local food bank. The Palos Park Police Department
agrees with our partners at the Palos Park Library, this is a great
opportunity for patrons to give back to the community and get their
Library record back in good standing. Palos Park Library patrons are
encouraged to bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned
non-perishable food items to the Palos Park Library or the Palos Park
Police Department. Canned items can include canned meat, peanut butter,
canned fruit, canned vegetables, and boxed meals.
Foundation Donates Vehicle to Cadet Program
Palos Park, IL April 12, 2010- The Cord Vanderpool Foundation has
donated a 2003 Crown Victoria to the specific use of the Palos Park
Police Cadet Program.
The Cord Vanderpool Foundation is based out of Orland Park, IL and is
led by President and CEO Gary Bertacchi. Gary’s son, Mark, is involved
in the Palos Park Cadet program and has played an instrumental role in
developing the program along with the Cadet Commander Frank Slabenak.
The Cord Vanderpool Foundation was originally established in 2005 and
has been helping improve the lives of individuals throughout the greater
Chicagoland area and also throughout the world. The Cord Vanderpool
Foundation has been involved in numerous charitable functions and
projects including their most recent endeavor to bring the games of
baseball and softball to the children of Migori, Kenya.
The Cord Vanderpool Foundation hopes that their charitable efforts
inspire others to pay it forward and encourage others to leave the world
better than they found it.
“The Cord Vanderpool Foundation is proud to support the young men and
women cadets that selflessly donate their time to assist the fine
officers of the Palos Park Police Department and the residents and
motorists of Palos Park. We commend the cadet's community service.” Gary
Bertacchi-President & CEO of Cord Vanderpool Foundation
The Palos Park Police Department Cadet Program is very grateful to have
been able to work with the Cord Vanderpool Foundation and benefit from
their generosity. If you are interested in reading more about the Cord
Vanderpool Foundation visit:
Palos Park Police Cadets Receive Cook County
Sheriffs Youth Service Medal of Honor
Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk has announced that on November
16th, Palos Park Police Cadet Sergeant Bill Delaney and Palos Park
Police Cadet Tony Delaney received the Cook County Sheriff’s Youth
Service Medal of Honor. This is an award for High School aged teens that
have completed more that 100 hours of volunteer community service.
The Palos Park Police Cadets perform a wide
range of duties on a volunteer basis. Some of these duties include
traffic control, there annual holiday food driver, etc… This will be the
9th consecutive year that member of the Palos Park Police Cadet program
have received this award.
The Palos Park Police cadets would also
like to remind everyone that they are currently accepting donations for
both their annual Holiday Food Drive and their partnership with the
Ronald McDonald House.
PALOS PARK POLICE
CADETS ASSIST ICE CREAM LOVERS
Palos Park police commissioner Dan Polk has announced that the Palos
Park Police Cadets will again expand their service to the community
during summer evenings.
This summer will be the
eighth summer that the Palos Park cadets will assist children and adults
alike cross the busy intersection of 123rd St. at 86th
As we experience the
onset of warmer weather, summer evenings in Palos Park include large
numbers of visitors coming into the community for some world famous ice
cream from the plush horse located at 123rd and 86th
Police Chief Joe Miller
said, “We get guests of all ages and from all over coming into Palos
Park on summer nights and we felt this would be an opportunity to ensure
the safety of pedestrians in the area by having a police presence. This
also gives the cadets a chance to showcase their program to people from
all over Chicago land.”
Veteran Palos Park Police Cadet to Join United States Navy
Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk is proud to announce that Cadet
Sergeant Veronica Hojek has joined the United States Navy and will be
leaving the cadet program in late February. Veronica joined the Palos
Park Police Cadet program in 2006. Since that time, she has risen to the
rank of cadet sergeant for her leadership skills. During her time with
the Palos Park Police Cadet program she has dedicated more than 2,000
hours of community service to the Palos Park Police Cadet program. These
hours include traffic control, special village events, senior well being
checks and in addition to this, she has shown superior dedication and
participated in a number of emergency call outs. One would include
assisting Richmond Park Police Department when severe winds and a
tornado damaged an apartment complex and left hundreds of people
homeless. She also contributed recently when a tree completely blocked
McCarthy Road. In addition to helping to reroute motorist around the
area, she also help to make sure that the residents left without power
had had no major problems.
Throughout her time with the program, she
has shown the ability to lead her fellow cadets. On numerous occasions,
she was put in command of a detail and the results were always a
On behalf of the men
and women of the Palos Park Police Department, we would like to thank
Veronica for her years of dedicated service
Veronica will be recognized by Mayor Mahoney and Police Commissioner Dan
Polk at the February 23rd Palos Park Village Council Meeting.
POLICE AWARD THEIR FIRST CADET SCHOLARSHIP
dated Feb. 2008
Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk
has announced that Palos Park Police Department Cadet Sergeant
Mervet Akroush of Orland Park will be the first cadet to receive a
cadet scholarship. Mervet has been an active member of the cadet
program for about four years.
About the Cadet Program
The Palos Park Police
Cadet Program was created by Chief Joe Miller in 1999 under Police
Commissioner Carolyn Baca. The purpose was to involve teenagers in the
police department and to let them observe the workings of a law
enforcement agency. As time went on, and as the number of members grew,
the cadet program’s duties have also grown.
Today, in addition to
observing the police department, they now provide traffic control at
major village events and participate in a “Ride-a-Long” program. They
also assist people crossing the intersection of 123rd Street
and 86th Avenue in front of the Plush Horse iced cream parlor
during the busy summer months. In addition to this, they perform elderly
checks as part of the police departments “You Are Not Alone” program for
seniors during inclement weather.
Anyone 16-21 years of
age can apply to be a cadet or inquire about the cadet program by
picking up an application at the Palos Park Police Department located at
8999 W. 123rd Street or by calling (708)671-3770.
The cadet scholarship program was started a few years ago by the Palos
Park Police Department Citizens on Patrol Service (C.O.P.S.) under Mayor
John Mahoney, former police commissioner. Since that time, the C.O.P.S.
has accrued over eight hundred dollars toward the scholarship, mostly at
the annual “Taste of Palos” where they sell corn. The Scholarship fund
is for current Palos Park Police Department Cadets, who are pursuing a
degree in criminal justice. Click here to donate.
Police Cadet Program Coordinators
Officers John Murray & Pat Maier
Commander Ross Chibe
Lt. Marvet Akroush
Sgt. Veronica Hojek
What is the Palos Park Police Explorer Cadet Program?
The goal of the Police Explorer Cadet Program is to teach young adults
the values needed to succeed in a law enforcement career and in life.
- Teamwork and the desire to help
The Palos Park Police Department Explorer
Cadet Program is designed to introduce young men and women in 14 to 20
years of age interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
The program is designed to provide law enforcement training and
experience to the Explorer Cadet through mentoring, classroom
instruction, and hands-on training.
Some of their training Includes:
Palos Park Police Department
Rules and Regulations
Ethics & Moral Issues
IL Criminal Justice System
IL Crime Code
IL Motor Vehicle Code
Search & Seizure
Use of Force
Report Writing & Note taking
CPR & First Aid
Crowd & Traffic Control
Crime Scene Search
Water Rescue Training
11 years and counting
Palos Park Police Department Cadets have gone on to serve:
United States Secret Service
Cook County Sheriff
Chicago Ridge EMA
Las Vegas P.D.
Missouri State Patrol
NYC Fire Dept
Several are paramedic/ EMT's
Many in private sector security