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 Fire Department was established in 1923 and lives and works by the motto, "The Desire to…More Serve – The Courage to Act – The Ability to Perform."
The department is comprised of three fire stations located throughout the village, in addition to its main headquarters at Village Hall.
It incorporates all of the latest modern fire suppression techniques and vital medical services. The fire department offers a full menu of fire prevention programs for children, adults and seniors. Fire personnel visit schools, senior centers and other organizations and institutions promoting fire safety and awareness. The department also conducts free fire safety checks, inspecting potential hazards and smoke alarm systems, at homes and businesses throughout the village.
In addition to to responding to fire and medical emergencies, the fire department conducts specialized rescue and hazardous material operations.
"Enlightening minds, enriching lives" is the motto of this pre-K to eighth grade Catholic elementary school. St.…More Germaine is the parish school of St. Germaine Catholic Church. The school is closely connected with the parish, connecting students to their Catholic faith and encouraging them to live out the Gospel values of Christ.
St. Germaine's takes a unique "whole child" approach to education, meeting each student where he or she is at academically. Success is a big part of the rigorous academic program. For struggling students, attainable goals are set to build academic confidence and instill a love of learning. The bar for success is set higher for more advanced students to keep them challenged and engaged in learning.
The school does not believe in letter grades on report cards; rather areas of curriculum are broken down to give parents a better understanding of their child's skill levels, identify weaknesses and build on strengths. Parents are able to understand all aspects of how their child processes reading and math.
St. Germaine's offers tuition assistance through a matching grant program. Families may also apply for a free or reduced lunch program.
There is a resource room operated by the assistant principal offering remedial assistance to children in various subject areas. Spanish, music and other enrichment programs are also offered. The school facilities are attractive and well equipped with a state-of-the art computer lab and superior gymnasium facility.
Local police and firefighters frequently stop by the school to educate students about drug prevention and fire safety. The Farm Bureau also brings animals to the school to teach students about farm animals.
Older students mentor younger students, reading books and parables to those in lower grades. Many subjects are hands on; students make erupting volcanoes in science class and meet local elected officials to better understand how government works. St. Germaine students regularly engage in community service projects, such as making cards for seniors in local nursing homes or packing and delivering lunches to the homeless.
There are several parent organizations that provide for parental involvement. The school holds an annual summer picnic with children's activities and entertainment for adults. A "parents night out" offers parents opportunities to engage with others in the St. Germaine community.
In 2007, St. Germaine was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. The award was based on Terra Nova test scores that placed St. Germaine students in the top 10 percent of schools across the country.