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

Many of you may have heard of “Cop on Top”, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics where police officers spend the day on the roof of local Dunkin Donuts to raise donations for this worthy cause. Last Saturday, our very own Officer Sheehan (on the left) took part in the Polar Plunge at Manteno Lake, with other officers from local area police departments. Officer Sheehan reports the water was “brisk” and she is still thawing out. Many thanks to those who donated their time for the Special Olympics.

To place a little historical perspective into Severe Preparedness Week, the below images are of the damage from the August 26, 1965 tornado which struck in the late evening and heavily damaged portions of the Arcadia Subdivision. Additional damage was reported in Frankfort and Chicago Heights from this tornado. The larger aerial shot shows Attica Rd. in the foreground, and Arcadian and Arcadian Ct. in the upper right. The smaller two photos were taken on Fairfield. There was little warning and fortunately no fatalities. The Village finally installed tornado sirens in the late 1990s, affording residents an added layer of notification for severe weather events.

This week, March 4-10 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois. As we transition into spring and warmer weather, so comes the threat of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. The state-wide tornado drill will take place at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 6th. A test tornado warning will be issued by the National Weather Service at that time, activating weather radios, cell phones, and TV and radio alerts. The Olympia Fields tornado sirens will also be tested at that time. Please take this opportunity to review and become familiar with severe weather safety rules and guidelines. For information see https://www.weather.gov/lot/severeprepare

On behalf of the Olympia Fields Police Department, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to the Chicago Police Department and family and friends of Chicago PD Commander Paul Bauer, who was shot and fatally wounded in the line of duty on February 13th, 2018. Rest in peace.

Well, the snow has commenced. Please slow it down if you must travel tonight, we have already responded to several crashes as this snow is just beginning. Stay safe everyone!

CODE RED NOTIFICATION WINTER STORM WARNING 08FEB18 This is a Code Red notification from the Village of Olympia Fields Police Department. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a storm that is expected to spread heavy snow across the area late Thursday afternoon February 8, 2018 through late Friday evening. SNOW FALL IN EXCESS OF 8-12 INCHES IS POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME. Travel is expected to be difficult to impossible and dangerous. Residents are reminded to take appropriate action to safeguard themselves and others. These safeguards include: · monitoring weather conditions · pay close attention to weather warnings on the TV, radio or the Web, · be prepared to stay indoors and shelter in place making sure to have sufficient food and water · reduce travel if possible · checking on elderly family members and neighbors Remove parked vehicles from the street so that the roadway may be cleared and do not put snow from your driveway onto the street. This is a warning notification only. In the event of a weather related emergency, residents should call the Olympia Fields Police Department using 9-1-1 if assistance is needed. Updated weather information will be posted this evening, stay tuned!

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)