Elmwood Park cops talk to citizens about concerns

Representatives from Elmwood Park Police Department made themselves available to residents recently to talk about what they’ve accomplished and address concerns.

The police department’s annual Community Oriented Police Strategy (COPS) meeting took place July 16 at Elmwood Park Parks and Recreation Center. There were about 40 people in attendance.

Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano, his police commanders and other members of the police department were at the event to field questions from the audience and give residents an overview of what the department has been doing.

“It was positive,” he said. “We received positive feedback from the residents.”

He told the residents in attendance that crime is down and how each shift has primary and secondary projects they implement in the community on a monthly basis.

Elmwood Park Police Commander Robert Klisz talked to the group about one of their monthly primary projects, which took place in June and focused on people who were talking on their cell phone while driving in the village. He said they issued around 50 citations as a result.

Fagiano said likes these kinds of projects implemented by his commanders. He said secondary projects are usually something that is performed by officers regularly like having a police presence at area schools on school days or at various parks within the village.

One resident expressed concern about how there has been at least one driver who would speed down 74th Court and not heed the stop sign at the corner on the street where he lives. It didn’t take long for police to get on top of it.

“We set up a patrol on that corner and sure enough, the guy went through the stop sign and we issued the driver a citation,” he said.

Fagiano said he enjoyed the meeting and residents who have police-related concerns should seek the police.

“I enjoy giving the information out to the residents,” he said. “Any concerns they have, they can call me and I’ll be happy to sit with them.”

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