Olympia Fields Police Department

  • Agency: Olympia Fields Police Department
  • Address: 20040 Governors Dr # 2, Olympia Fields, 60461 IL
  • Chief: Jeff Chudwin (Chief of Police)

Olympia Fields Police Department is located at 20040 Governors Dr # 2, Olympia Fields, 60461 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Jeff Chudwin. The Olympia Fields Police Department phone number is 708-503-8100.

Olympia Fields Police Department News

It's cold out, no doubt about it. However, leaving your keys in a running vehicle, unattended, isn't only attractive to would be car thieves, it's against the law. 625 ILCS 5/11-1401 states: "Except for a law enforcement officer or an operator of an authorized emergency vehicle performing his or her official duties, no person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition, effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any perceptible grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway. An unattended motor vehicle shall not include an unattended locked motor vehicle with the engine running after being started by a remote starter system." The too long didn't read version...unless you have a remote start, do not leave a running vehicle unattended.

And here we go again... URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Chicago IL 940 AM CST Sat Dec 30 2017 ...Bitterly Cold Air to Start the New Year... Winnebago-Boone-McHenry-Lake IL-Ogle-Lee-DeKalb-Kane-DuPage-Cook-La Salle-Kendall-Grundy-Livingston- Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Waukegan,Oregon, Dixon, DeKalb, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, Chicago, Ottawa, Oswego, Morris, and Pontiac 940 AM CST Sat Dec 30 2017 ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM SUNDAY TO NOON CST TUESDAY... * WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills around 20 below zero through early afternoon. Even colder conditions Sunday night through Tuesday morning will result in wind chills of 20 below to 30 below zero. * WHERE...Portions of central, north central and northeast Illinois. * WHEN...until 1 PM CST this afternoon, and then again from 9 PM Sunday to noon CST Tuesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS.... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

Good evening Olympia Fields.... As you are aware (if you attempted to venture outside today) we are in the midst of a fairly respectable outbreak of arctic air. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for our area (see previous post). Expect lows tonight around -4 and windchills near -20. Highs tomorrow will struggle to make 10 with windchills again in the -10s to -20 range. Brief moderation in temperatures is expected later in the week (highs in the teens) along with a chance of some light snow (nothing major at this time) With this in mind, we would like to provide you with some cold weather tips.... -Bundle up if headed outdoor, exposed skin can be frostbitten in a matter of minutes. -Check on the elderly/home bound. -Be sure heating systems are working properly, if using a fire place be sure the chimney is clean and in working order. Make sure portable space heaters are unobstructed and not near any combustable objects. Have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your house. -If you have plumbing fixtures along exterior walls, open cabinets to allow warm air to circulate to avoid frozen pipes. Absent that, open the faucets to a slow drip to prevent frozen pipes. -Residents, if you need assistance, please call the Olympia Fields Police Department at 708-503-8100 (non-emergency) or 911 for emergencies. For what it's worth the long range forecast models are hinting at a breakdown of this extreme cold around the second week of January....fingers crossed! For the latest forecast see weather.gov/chicago

From the National Weather Service- Chicago... URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Chicago IL 318 PM CST Tue Dec 26 2017 DuPage-Cook-Grundy-Will-Kankakee-Livingston-Iroquois-Ford-Lake IN-Porter-Newton-Jasper-Benton- Including the cities of Wheaton, Chicago, Morris, Joliet, Kankakee, Pontiac, Watseka, Paxton, Gary, Valparaiso, Morocco, Rensselaer, and Fowler 318 PM CST Tue Dec 26 2017 /418 PM EST Tue Dec 26 2017/ ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM CST /10 PM EST/THIS EVENING TO 11 AM CST /NOON EST/ WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to range from 15 below zero to 25 below zero. * WHERE...Portions of east central and northeast Illinois, and northwest Indiana. * WHEN...From 9 PM CST /10 PM EST/ this evening to 11 AM CST /noon EST/ Wednesday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

At about 8pm Officer Barry and Officer Sheehan received a call at Walgreens on Governors Hwy in reference to Santa and The Grinch in the parking lot. Upon arrival we discovered Santa handing out gifts to children as they came into Walgreens with their parents. We assume the Grinch was there to fulfill community service requirements, for being.......a Grinch. This fine group of citizens really exemplify the meaning of the season. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

This Holiday season the Olympia Fields Police Department participated in our first Shop With A Cop. In cooperation with Arcadia Elementary School, a family was selected to come shop with a cop. Special thanks to Iroquois Paving Corporation, McDonalds, Walmart, Coys Towing, and officers of the police department, whose contributions will help make this a very special and happy holiday for this family.

The Olympia Fields Police Department will be conducting seat belt enforcement zones now through January 2nd. We are posting this partially due to statutory requirements and also because we are curious how many people will read this and still not wear their seat belt and end up getting a ticket. Stay tuned for further updates and locations. #clickitorticket #dontfeedthebears

Today we honor the memory of Sgt. Melvin Chester Means, who succumbed to injuries sustained after being stuck by a vehicle, 50 years ago today. Our profile picture will be temporarily changed today to honor him.


Tonight is the eve of a sad chapter in the history of the Olympia Fields Police Department. On December 15, 1967, Sgt. Melvin Chester "Chet" Means passed away after sustaining serious injuries 6 days prior, after being struck by a vehicle, while assisting with a disabled motorist at Olympian Way and Lincoln Hwy. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the passing of Sgt. Means, the only on-duty death in our department's history. After extensive searching, we have, as of this date, been unable to find any photographs of Sgt. Means aside from a thumbnail sized photo of Sgt. Means in a Park Forest PD uniform. If anyone has any photographs or memories of Sgt. Means that they would like to share, please comment below. A memorial post will be made tomorrow.

The Olympia Fields Police Department offers condolences to the family and friends of Tim Bradford. Mr. Bradford was a staple of not only the Olympia Fields Community, but the entire Southland, serving as Rich Township Democratic Committeeman, Rich Township Administrator, Olympia Fields Park District President and board member, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and the Olympia Fields Public Safety Committee just to name a few. Mr Bradford passed Dec. 1 after a brief illness, he will be truly missed.

In the early morning hours on 12/5/17, 3 male subjects entered the Speedway, 19880 Crawford Ave. and announced a robbery. Taken was cash and cigarettes. There were no injuries to any staff at Speedway. As can be seen in the attached photos, the suspects were wearing masks. This incident is still under investigation, however, this allows for an important reminder to be aware of your surroundings this holiday season, when thefts, burglaries, and robberies tend to increase. Please contact police immediately if you witness any suspicious activity or have any information regarding this case.

A majority of vehicles that are burglarized are left unlocked. Remember to lock your car and remove valuable from sight (purses, GPS devices, laptops)

This week's Throw-back Thursday is a department group photo from 1993. Back row L to R: Jim Guy, Mike Turcol, Glen Peterson, Jeff Marshall, Scott Morgan, Randy Kickert. Middle Row L to R: Bob Houston, Bruce Beauchamp, Carl Frey, Jeff Chudwin, Chuck O'Connor, Jeff Adams. Front Row L to R: Jim Keith, Les Delya, Frank Marsala, Karen Seicrist, Mark Fazzini

We would like to offer a heartfelt Thank You to Pastors Danny and Grethel Dodge and the good people of Solutions Church in Matteson, for their generous gift of Thanksgiving meals for all 3 shifts of the Olympia Fields Police Department. Much appreciated and delicious, Thank You!!!

Good Evening Olympia Fields! We hope everyone had a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving. Here's a little something for "Throw-back Thursday". The Olympia Fields Village Hall and Police Station C.1970s. The concrete water tower in the background was constructed in 1959 and demolished in the late 90s during a major over-haul and upgrade of the Village's water distribution system.

The Olympia Fields Police Department along with many other agencies throughout the state will be participating in seat-belt, DUI, and speed enforcement this holiday weekend through grants provided by IDOT. Click-it or Ticket, Arrive Alive!!! (p.s. Olympia Fields Officers will be hiding in plain sight at Vollmer and Governors...heads up)

The Olympia Fields Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Please play it safe if frying a turkey this Thanksgiving (video provided by our friends at the Illinois Fire Service Institute and State Farm). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQYTMFCLy5E

Please help us welcome Olympia Fields's newest full time officer, Officer Lauren Sheehan. Officer Sheehan formerly worked as a Community Service Officer for the Park Forest Police Department for the past 3 years, while working on her Master's Degree in Criminal Social Justice at Lewis University in Romeoville.

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all who served and those who continue to serve our great nation!

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of retired Olympia Fields Chief of Police Frank J. Marsala. Chief Marsala passed away on Sunday November 5, 2017, after a brief illness. Chief Marsala was a US Army Veteran serving from June 1964-May 1967 in Germany and South Viet Nam attaining the rank of Sergeant E-5. Chief Marsala began his twenty-six year law enforcement career with the Richton Park and the Chicago Heights Police Departments and completed his basic recruit academy at the Patrol Training Institute at the University of Illinois in November of 1971. Chief Marsala started in Olympia Fields on August, 15, 1974, was promoted to Sergeant on August 15, 1975 and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in May of 1989. On October 14, 1991 he was promoted to Chief of Police and served in that capacity until his retirement on August 15, 1997. During his distinguished career, Chief Marsala attended specialized training courses including Juvenile Officer, Breath Alcohol Testing Officer, Evidence Technician, fingerprint specialist, first line supervisor and homicide investigations. Chief Marsala held numerous ranks within the Olympia Fields Police Department including Detective, Patrol Sergeant and Deputy Chief of Police. In May of 1991, Chief Marsala graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s three month “Administrative Officers Course”. Please keep Chief Marsala’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.