The Oak Lawn police department pledges excellence, initiative and integrity in its duties to enhance the quality of…More life, safety and security for each resident and business throughout the village.
The village police force constantly strives to promote mutual trust, respect and accountability to the residents, institutions and business community of Oak Lawn.
The department is comprised of an investigations division, including juvenile, financial crimes, auto theft and gang units; a patrol division; and traffic, K-9 and animal control units.
Village police also engage the community and offer many proactive community programs designed to heighten public safety, including the D.A.R.E. program that visits local elementary schools and educates students on the dangers of drug addiction; a teen peer jury, bike patrol, citizen's police academy, gang education, a police cadets, police club, safety talks and child ID and child passenger safety.
Village police work to uphold the principles embodied in the U.S. constitution and local laws, yet remain sensitive to human needs by treating people with respect, compassion and dignity.
Residents and businesses should call 911 to report crimes in progress and life threatening emergencies.
For crimes that are not in progress and other questions, call the police department's non-emergency number.
The Village of Oak Lawn's municipal offices are headquartered in a contemporary building in the heart of Oak Lawn.…More Across the street, you'll find the Oak Lawn Public Library and the Village Green, an open green space with a modern children's playground, walking paths and a gazebo. Here, you'll find the offices of the mayor, village clerk, trustees, village manager and other agencies that manage the day-to-day operations of Oak Lawn.
The mayor and the village's board of trustees hold public meetings at Village Hall, where they vote on expenditures of public tax money and other policy decisions affecting the village's well-being.
Departments housed at Village Hall include police, fire, community services, emergency communications, economic development, public works, finance, human resources, development and growth management, and the office of the village manager.
Residents can go to Village Hall to pay their water bills, parking tickets, sewer and garbage bills and purchase vehicle stickers or do so online. Building plans for the purpose of obtaining construction permits are also reviewed at Village Hall, as are applications for zoning changes, which require review by the village board's zoning committee. Village officials are also available for solving community issues.
In recent years, the village has increased the number and frequency of special events, such as summer outdoor movies and concerts on "the Green," a pumpkin festival and an Easter egg hunt. Most popular is the annual "Fall on the Green" traditionally held in September, featuring family-friendly entertainment, music and food from local restaurants.
Oak Lawn is divided into six neighborhood districts represented by a district trustee. Half of the trustees' six-member board is up for election every two years; the mayor and village clerk are up for election every four years. The village clerk is the only full-time, elected official.