INVESTIGATION UPDATE: Three Chicago men have been charged in connection with the attempted carjacking Saturday at the Shell gas station on Harrison Street at Austin Boulevard: https://t.co/JGD5hD304s pic.twitter.com/3VI84cnT27
— Oak Park Police Department (@VOPpolice) January 29, 2018
Both accounts went live last week with the Facebook account amassing over 1,200 followers in just seven days while the Twitter account is just shy of 250. These numbers provide insight into just how eager the community is to connect with law enforcement given the recent spike in crime, particularly carjackings.
In addition to the ongoing communication taking place over social media, four community forums are scheduled this week for Oak Parkers to connect with the police. The schedule is as follows:
- Tues., Jan. 30 – 6:30 p.m., Oak Park and River Forest High School north cafeteria, 201 N. Scoville Ave.
- Wed., Jan. 31 – 6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Room 201.
- Thurs, Feb. 1 – 6:30 p.m. Main Fire Station, 100 N. Euclid Ave.
- Fri., Feb. 2 – 9:30 a.m., Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Room 201.
Connecting law enforcement and Oak Park citizens is a key strategy for Police Chief Anthony Ambrose. “The simple truth is that even in a Village of only four and half square miles, Police need residents to work in partnership with us,” said Ambrose.