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Palos Park PD invites villagers for burgers

         In an effort to strengthen police and community relations in the wake of recent incidents of violence by and against police in the United States, the Palos Park Police Department will host a meet and greet and barbecue with public this Friday.

Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk told the Village Council and a few residents Monday the inaugural Burgers with the Badges community barbecue will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Police Department, 8999 W. 123rd St.

“The goal is to communicate and just sit down and talk about different issues that affect us and the community,” Polk said. “There is a lot of discussion about trust of police officers but we are here to tell you we have an open and direct relationship with the community.”

The “Meat and Greet” is an extension of the monthly “Coffee with a Cop” events the Palos Park Police Department holds at the Plush Horse. During those no-agenda, community outreach events, citizens can come to ice cream parlor and discuss any issues whether positive or negative with police.

Polk said the department recently received feedback on its Facebook page from a few residents who recommended holding an event at night for those who work during the day and thus Burgers with the Badges was born.

“Some people can’t make it to Coffee with a Cop since it is during the day so we sat down and thought about what we could do and [Police Chief] Joe Miller said we could have a ‘meat and greet’ and so we decided to have a barbecue,” Polk said.

There is no fee for the barbecue and Polk said one does not need to be a citizen of Palos Park to attend.

“If you’re from the Heights or you’re a Chicago person and you want to come out to see what we are doing then we’d be more than happy to cook you a burger and talk with you,” Polk said.

Polk anticipates around a half dozen or so members of the Palos Park Police Department will be present during the barbecue, including Chief Miller and Community Service Officer Debbie Legatzke.

“We structured the barbecue around shift changes so guys that are coming off and coming on will probably be there,” Polk said.

While the barbecue is being billed as a yearly event, Polk said he would to see it take place more than just annually so long as the attendance is not too excessive.

“I think we will do it more than just annually,” Polk said. “If 500 people show up and we bankrupt the department because we have to feed them all burgers then it may be an annual event, but otherwise we’d like to do it a few times [a year].”

A private donation is being used to purchase the food for the barbecue, Polk said.

The planned event received praise from Mayor John Mahoney, who previously served as police commissioner prior to being elected mayor in 2007.

“I think it’s an awesome idea,” Mahoney said. “Joe Miller and Commissioner Polk are always at the forefront. It’s a great idea and they are making it available to those people who can’t make it in the morning [for Coffee with a Cop] so how about on a Friday evening.

“It should be a very nice event for the community.”

Line dancing event

Also Monday, Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters reminded the council the Recreation and Parks Department will host a night of line dancing on Aug. 20 at the Village Green, 8999 W. 123rd St.

Dancing to Dusk will begin at 6 p.m. with dance instructor Dee Ulrich teaching line dancing.

The fee to attend is $5 and all skill levels are welcome, Milovich-Walters said. McDivot’s will be on hand selling hamburgers, hot dogs, beer and wine. The event will be held inside the Palos Park Recreation Department in the event of rain.

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