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Police form Crisis Intervention Team
Issued: Nov. 24, 2021

The Tinley Park Police Department recently formed a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) comprised of 13 officers specially trained to recognize and respond to a variety of mental health issues while on duty.

“Sometimes, situations involving people with mental health issues can escalate quickly because responding officers aren’t aware there is an underlying issue or issues causing the behavior,” Tinley Park Deputy Chief Lawrence Rafferty said. “This helps to correct that by giving officers the tools and training they need to deal with those situations appropriately.”

Orland Park started its own CIT program, and thanks to a grant from Trinity Health Services was able to invite Tinley Park, along with other surrounding communities, to join them. As part of the program, mental health experts from Trinity are available to offer real-time advice and answer questions via iPads that CIT officers carry with them at all times. Trinity also uses data collected via the iPads to better serve those with mental health issues in the future.

Rafferty said that the ultimate goal is to have 50% of the entire police force CIT-trained, with two to three CIT-certified officers on duty during every shift. The class to become CIT-certified consists of 40 hours of training in scenario-based situations.

“With mental health centers closing across the area, many people in need of real help oftentimes don’t get it,” Rafferty said. “This can help.”

People who call the police with emergencies involving people suffering from a mental health crisis or substance abuse issue can now request a CIT officer. For more information, please contact Sgt. Jon Mittelman at (708) 444-5319.

For a comprehensive list of mental health resources, please visit the Community Organizations page on the Village website.


Women cited for Fighting in Public after Tutor Time incident
Posted: Nov. 23, 2021

Two women were cited for Fighting in Public after an altercation Nov. 17 in the parking lot at Tutor Time, 8007 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park.

Police said Azia Taylor, 31, of Flossmoor, and Beatriz Luna-Delgado, 33, of Crete, were both leaving Tutor Time when one of the women hit the other’s car with her car door, which started a fight between them.

Police checked nearby video surveillance footage but were unable to determine who started the fight. Police are still seeking additional video and independent witnesses who may have seen the incident. Because of this and the conflicting accounts both parties gave, police cited everyone involved for Fighting in Public, including Luna-Delgado’s husband, David O’Donnell, 35, of Hobart, Ind., who was observed attempting to separate the two combatants when officers arrived.

All parties have been given a hearing date at the Tinley Park Police Department, and both families were dismissed from the daycare, according to Tutor Time officials.

After the incident, officials from Tutor Time contacted the Tinley Park Police Department with concerns they saw on social media to cause destruction to and organize protests at their property. As a result, police have dispatched extra patrols to the business.


Tinley Park Police Department forms Crisis Intervention Team
Posted: Nov. 16, 2021

The Tinley Park Police Department recently formed a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) comprised of 13 officers specially trained to recognize and respond to a variety of mental health issues while on duty.

“Sometimes, situations involving people with mental health issues can escalate quickly because responding officers aren’t aware there is an underlying issue or issues causing the behavior,” Tinley Park Deputy Chief Lawrence Rafferty said. “This helps to correct that by giving officers the tools and training they need to deal with those situations appropriately.”

Orland Park started its own CIT program, and thanks to a grant from Trinity Health Services was able to invite Tinley Park, along with other surrounding communities, to join them. As part of the program, mental health experts from Trinity are available to offer real-time advice and answer questions via iPads that CIT officers carry with them at all times. Trinity also uses data collected via the iPads to better serve those with mental health issues in the future.

Rafferty said that the ultimate goal is to have 50% of the entire police force CIT trained, with two to three CIT-certified officers on duty during every shift. The class to become CIT-certified consists of 40 hours of training in scenario-based situations.

“With mental health centers closing across the area, many people in need of real help oftentimes don’t get it,” Rafferty said. “This can help.”

People who call the police with emergencies involving people suffering from a mental health crisis or substance abuse issue can now request a CIT officer. For more information, please contact Sgt. Jon Mittelman at (708) 444-5319.

For more information, including a comprehensive list of mental health resources, please visit the Community Organizations page on the Village website.


Police searching for Hammond homicide suspects after vehicle chase, crash in Tinley Park
Issued: Oct. 15, 2021

Tinley Park police responded Thursday night to the area of Ridgeland Avenue and 183rd Street to assist the Illinois State Police and the Posen Police Department in locating a vehicle occupied by suspects wanted in connection with an earlier shooting incident in Posen and a double homicide in Hammond, Ind.

At about 10 p.m., a Tinley Park officer spotted the suspected vehicle and began to pursue it northbound on Ridgeland Avenue. In the ensuing chase, the vehicle crashed into the railroad tracks at Ridgeland Avenue and Oak Forest Avenue, and its occupants fled in different directions. Police were able to apprehend one of the fleeing suspects. 

Tinley police set up a perimeter and secured the area while waiting for other agencies to arrive and assist with the search for the remaining suspects. Tinley Park Emergency Services also issued a CodeRED alert in a 1.5-mile radius of Oak Forest and Ridgeland avenues warning residents of the possible danger and to report any suspicious persons.

Illinois State Police arrived and assisted with coordinating the perimeter. The South Suburban Emergency Response Team and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Mutual Aid Response Team (ILEAS) were active and also arrived at the scene to help. The Cook County Sheriffs Police Hostage Barricade Unit also was active due to the size of the search area. Police also used bloodhounds in tracking the suspects. 

Tinley Park police and dozens of agencies from state, county and local jurisdictions are still conducting a massive and comprehensive search, which will continue until they determine the subjects are no longer in the area or are taken into custody.

The Tinley Park Police Department is asking residents to continue to report any suspicious activity. Those with home security systems are asked to check any activity on their cameras throughout last evening and report anything suspicious by calling (708) 532-9111.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Village’s CodeRED emergency notification system by visiting www.TinleyPark.org/StayInformed. CodeRED sends emergency alerts and critical information to Village staff, residents and businesses, as well as non-emergency information such as road closures and trash collection schedule changes.


Police charge Tinley Park man with felony unlawful possession
Issued: Oct. 8, 2021

Brad Ryan, 23, 16714 Hillside Place, Tinley Park, was charged Thursday with unlawful possession with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams (a Class X felony) after Tinley Park police found a large quantity of drugs inside his home while executing a search warrant.

Tinley Park tactical officers received information that Ryan was selling large quantities of cannabis, THC wax and THC vape cartridges to people throughout the south suburbs. Officers also learned that Ryan received most of his product through the mail from southern California, and that he would have the packages delivered to a residence located in the 6800 block of White Egret. Once the packages were delivered, Ryan would recover them and bring them back home.

Based on information gathered during the course of the investigation, police secured a search warrant for one of these packages and located 420 THC vape oil cartridges ($45 per unit for a total street value of $18,900). The package was then delivered as expected to the home in the 6800 block of White Egret. Ryan recovered it a few hours later, brought it to his residence and opened it.

Police then executed a search warrant at his home, where they found 24.5 lbs. of raw cannabis, 8.5 lbs. of THC wax and 1,020 units of THC vape cartridges/edible THC. Police also recovered a large amount of money.

Ryan was transported Friday morning to the Bridgeview Courthouse for bond court.


Tinley man charged with reckless discharge of a firearm
Issued: Sept. 29, 2021

Tinley Park police on Wednesday charged a man with reckless discharge of a firearm after he fired a handgun three times into the air Tuesday evening in an attempt to intimidate people who were stealing his car. Police said Naser Zaghlol, 43, of Tinley Park, was at home in the 16700 block of Jean Lane when he received a call from his son, who was outside and said he saw Zaghlol’s gray 2016 Nissan Altima speeding out of a nearby parking lot. Zaghlol realized someone was stealing his car and, loading his handgun, he went outside and fired three shots into the air to scare the thieves. Zaghlol’s car had been stolen weeks earlier in Richton Park while he was working as a Door Dash/Uber Eats driver. While the car was eventually recovered, the key fob was not, and Tinley Park police suspect this is why his car was targeted a second time. Police are investigating the theft, including reviewing nearby video surveillance footage.


New officers sworn in
Issued: Aug. 20, 2021

Clerk Kristin Thirion recently conducted a swearing-in ceremony for six new police officers, including Anthony Falco, Donovan Brady, Jonathan Garrity, Mark Kane, David Benes and Michael Love. Welcome aboard!

New Officers 2021


Woman robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning
Issued: July 28, 2021

A man robbed a woman at gunpoint while a second man acted as a lookout early Wednesday morning at a senior living complex in the 18500 block of Pine Lake Drive. The woman was pulling into her underground parking garage at about 1:23 a.m. July 28 when a man approached the passenger-side window and displayed a semi-automatic handgun. She tried to reverse out of the garage, but the man was able to reach in and take her purse and iPhone. The second man never approached the car and fled with the first man after the robbery. After they’d left, the woman backed out of the garage to see where they’d gone, but both men were no longer visible. The offenders were described as white men in their late teens or early 20s. Police are in the process of viewing video footage of the incident, and the case is still under investigation.


Man shot in head during robbery
Issued: June 21, 2021

A man was shot in the head early Sunday morning during a robbery at a home in the 7800 block of Joliet Drive. The victim told police he was returning home shortly after 4 a.m. when a man wearing dark clothing and a black face covering approached him and demanded money. After a short scuffle, the victim gave the man money. The man then fired one shot, which grazed victim’s head, before fleeing the scene with the money. Tinley Park police are still investigating but believe it to be an isolated incident. The victim was treated and released from Silver Cross Hospital.


Police raise $35k for Special Olympics
Issued: March 4, 2021

The Tinley Park Police Department would like to thank everyone who supported its efforts to raise money during the 2021 Law Enforcement Super Polar Plunge on March 26 and 27. With your help, police were able to raise $35,168 for Special Olympics Illinois! During the event, police officers plunged into the icy depths of an outdoor pool donated by American Sales every hour on the hour over the course of a single day. Learn more about Special Olympics Illinois at visit www.plungeillinois.com.

ComEd warns of imposters
Issued: Feb. 4, 2021

According to ComEd, imposters are taking advantage of residents who are alone at home or at their small business by robbing them of their possessions and financial information. In this latest scam, an imposter posing as an employee from ComEd, another utility or a tree service company will lure a resident or small-business owner outside to discuss work that they claim needs to be completed. While the imposter is keeping the homeowner busy outside, an accomplice will enter the home or business to steal valuables and documents containing the individual’s personal or financial information. Read a release from ComEd for more information.


Police respond to reports of gunshots at Intimo Lounge
Issued: Jan. 22, 2021

Tinley Park police responded at 11:54 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 to reports of a drive-by shooting at Intimo Lounge, 7068 W. 183rd St. Someone driving a vehicle of an unknown make and model pulled up to the establishment and then fired five gunshots into the business. The bullets shattered several windows, but no one was injured. The vehicle had fled the scene upon police arrival. Tinley Park police are investigating the incident and are thoroughly reviewing all camera footage in the area. The Mayor, as liquor commissioner, has exercised his authority to temporarily close the establishment for seven days to ensure no threat to the welfare of the community. A Licensing Committee hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26, to discuss potential business license revocation.


Beware of bulky clothing in car seats
Issued: Jan. 8, 2021

The Tinley Park Police Department would like to remind residents to avoid placing children wearing bulky sweaters, coats or fleece clothing into car seats. According to car seat technicians, parents shouldn’t put anything thicker than a sweatshirt on their child when they’re in a car seat. Bulky sweaters, coats or fleece garments prevent a snug fit of the car seat harness. Although the harness may appear to be snug over a coat, when the coat is compressed by the force of a crash, the harness will not protect your child the way it should. Instead, parents can use hats, gloves, blankets (on top of the car seat straps), light fleece jackets or specifically designed coats to keep their children warm. Tinley Park residents can schedule a child safety seat inspection by calling (708) 444-5326. The child safety seat must be installed by the parent or caregiver before arriving at the Tinley Park Police Department.


Village Board reaches agreement with police
Issued: Dec. 23, 2020

The Village Board recently approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Metropolitan Alliance of Police Tinley Park Chapter 192. As part of the agreement, patrol officers will receive a 2% increase retroactive to May 1, 2020, 2% for fiscal year 2022, 2.25% for 2023 and 2.55% for 2024. Employee insurance premium contributions will increase to 11% in 2021 and to 12% in 2022.

"I'm pleased that we've been able to come to an agreement that works for everyone," Village Manager Dave Niemeyer said. "I especially want to thank the men and women of our police department for their dedication throughout the year. We're a safer community because of their hard work."

More information, including the contract, can be found starting on page 238 in the Dec. 15 Village Board meeting agenda packet.


Tinley man charged after accidentally shooting friend
Issued: Oct. 28, 2020

Robert A. CannonRobert A. Cannon, 18, 8436 S. Brookpoint Court, Tinley Park, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct after accidentally shooting his friend in the face with a handgun Oct. 25 at his home.

Police responded to the home at 12:06 a.m. after the homeowner called to report his son had accidentally shot his friend, who was found in the bedroom with a single gunshot wound to the face.

The friend was transported to Silver Cross Hospital and transferred to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. He is in critical but stable condition.

Police said Cannon, along with several of his friends, were hanging out in a bedroom when Cannon pointed what he thought was an unloaded gun at his friend and fired one round.

Cannon was booked into Will County Circuit Court. Bond has been set at $10,000.


Officer injured Oct. 17 during burglary to vehicle incident
Issued: Oct. 22, 2020 

PhotosA Tinley Park police officer was injured Oct. 17 while responding to a call of a burglary to a motor vehicle in progress at Panera Bread, 7204 W. 191st St., Tinley Park.

The caller reported a man exiting a white Dodge Durango with Texas plates and entering an unlocked BMW. According to the caller, the man dug through the car and then returned to the Durango, which then drove away. Moments later, the caller said they located the owner of the BMW, who confirmed that items were missing from the car.

Once at the scene, the officer and the caller found the Durango parked unoccupied in the fire lane at Best Buy. As the officer approached on foot, two men exited the store and immediately got into the Durango.

In an attempt to stop the men, the officer opened the driver’s side door and reached in to grab the driver. The Durango sped away, trapping the officer in the car. With the officer hanging out of the vehicle, the Durango sped away from the scene at a high rate of speed, disobeyed a stop sign, lost control and then crashed head-on into a tree. The men were able to flee from the vehicle and escape.

The officer sustained several injuries and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment.

This case remains under active investigation. 


Police release Halloween safety tips
Issued: Oct. 7, 2020

The Tinley Park Police Department has issued a list of safety tips to keep in mind while you're out and about this Halloween.


Police investigating fatal car accident
Issued: Aug. 13, 2020

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 80th Avenue and Timber Drive in Tinley Park. The pedestrian, a 22-year old man, was taken to Christ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated fully with officers. The Tinley Park Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating the accident. There are no charges at this time.