Village: Residents largely satisfied with police encounters 

Nearly eight out of 10 Oak Park residents, surveyed by the University of Illinois Chicago, say they are “satisfied with the experience” with Oak Park police, according to a news release from the village.

The satisfaction rate was largely positive, “regardless of whether the officers were called for an incident or initiated the encounter in a traffic stop,” according to the village.

The data is drawn from a research study launched in 2010 by the university’s Center for Research in Law and Justice. The newest data compares encounters with Oak Park police to those in roughly 100 police departments across the country.

The recent survey results show that 76.7 percent of those who had a police-initiated event were satisfied with the encounters, compared to 59 percent in similar jurisdictions and 58 percent among all participating police departments.

“We continue to be extremely pleased with what this research is saying about how Oak Park police officers are perceived by those they encounter in often stressful, potentially negative situations,” Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley said in the news release. “Being stopped for a traffic violation or interviewed by a police officer after a crime has the potential to be a negative experience. But the data gathered and compiled by an independent body shows that our officers are professional, courteous and respectful, qualities we work on every day.”

 Theft of a motor vehicle

A 1997 purple AMC Eagle was stolen from the 100 block of Garfield sometime between 10 p.m. on March 1 and 8 a.m. on March 2. The vehicle was recovered on March 4 in the 1400 block of West 78th Street in Chicago. Two people were taken into custody in the incident. The car was valued at $2,700. 

 Theft from motor vehicle

A catalytic converter was removed from a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire in the 400 block of South Grove sometime between 7 p.m. on March 3 and 7:15 a.m. on March 4. The loss was estimated at $260.


An unattended bag containing an Apple I-6 and Samsung Galaxy cellphones was stolen from the bathroom of the PCC Wellness Center on the first block of Lake Street. The theft occurred between 10 a.m. and noon on March 2. The bag and its contents were valued at $880.

 Domestic Battery

A man was arrested on charges of domestic battery on the 1100 block of S. Austin on March 5. The offender lives on the 700 block of S. Scoville in Oak Park. The incident occurred at 3:22 a.m.

 Identity theft

A 41-year-old woman of the 100 block of N. Oak Park Ave. was arrested on March 6 in reference to signed complaints against her for identity theft that occurred on Nov. 14, 2014. The alleged theft occurred on the 900 block of Washington. The offender was transported to the station and held for a bond hearing.


An unknown person removed the screws to the hinges of a storage locker, gaining entry in the 400 block of S. Maple sometime between noon on March 2 and 4 p.m. on March 5. No items were removed from the locker, but the offender ransacked the interior.

A burglar used brute force to gain entry to a rear basement door of a home on the 1100 block of South Harvey, sometime between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on March 6. Once inside, the offender stole DVDs, a Dell laptop computer, a silver iMac computer, an iPhone 4 cellphone, an iPad tablet, an iPod touch MP3 player and miscellaneous jewelry. The loss was estimated at $4,850.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 2-8 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

— Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

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