Orland Square Thanks Village and Its Police Department

Orland Square Thanks Village and Its Police Department
Posted on 01/13/2017

Orland Square Mall gave the Village of Orland Park and its police department a public pat on the back, thanking village officials and staff for their continued support throughout the year and in particular the past holiday season.

With early morning mall walkers passing by, shopping center officials hosted a thank you breakfast and presentation for village officials and police personnel in the mall's center court on Friday, January 13.

"We've had a very successful, very festive season," said Orland Square General Manager Nadia Seniuta. "We thank the Village of Orland Park and the Orland Park Police Department for their ongoing commitment to Orland Square."

During each holiday shopping season, the Orland Park Police Department assigns additional officers to all of the village's retail areas concentrating on Orland Square.

"Orland Square is one of the premier shopping destinations in the Chicago area," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "We are very happy that the mall had such a great shopping season both for outstanding retail sales and a lack of incidents."

Mall administrators and store managers complimented the village and its police personnel for being an integral part of the booming holiday season.

Staff touted the number of people commenting on the safe atmosphere at Orland Square. No major incidents occurred inside of the mall or in the parking lot and retail thefts were down. The Orland Park Police Department was credited with being a "huge contributor to the mall's great holiday season."

Retail loss prevention agents report a decrease in shoplifting incidents when a police presence is visible and a quick police response time helps mall security personnel.

"The Orland Park Police Department begins planning for the holiday season at all of the village's retail areas in October," explained Chief Tim McCarthy. "We enjoy working with the staff at Orland Square, have constant communication with them and appreciate their very professional security staff."

Having uniformed police and security personnel at the mall offers a sense of safety and comfort for shoppers both during the holidays and throughout the year.

"Our ‘retail detail' assigns extra officers to all of Orland Park's shopping areas where they conduct vehicle and foot patrols," the chief explained.

"There's a special kind of reassurance when you see a uniformed officer when you're making your way through a busy shopping center," said Village Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "We've received a lot of positive feedback on the police department's retail details all over town during the holidays and throughout the year. People like to see our men and women out and about in the shopping areas."

McCarthy noted the close working relationship the department has with mall administrators and thanked the Orland Park Village Board for its support of its retail patrol program that continues throughout the year.

"We have great support from the mayor and the village board because Orland Park's retail areas are very important to the entire community," McCarthy said. "Everyone is very happy that all of the village's retail areas had such a great holiday season."

During the appreciation breakfast, store managers offered their thanks to village officials and police personnel.

"We saw 330,000 customers in the last three months," said one store team leader. "The police presence helped us. They did an exemplary job."

Echoing the praise for Orland Park, another mall store manager added, "We appreciate all that they do to keep us safe," referring to the mall security staff and the Orland Park Police Department.

The mayor added, "Orland Park has the best police department in the State of Illinois and it makes all of us very proud when the local business community takes the time to express its thanks for a job well done."