Led by Chief Michael Saunders, the Evergreen Park Police Department's station is in the heart of the village,…More just steps away from the 95th and Kedzie intersection and housed in the same building as the mayor's office. Its 62 full-time officers and 10 part-time officers include a physician who's a trauma surgeon at nearby Christ Hospital. The officers patrol the areas between Pulaski and Western avenues, and 87th and 103rd streets.
To ensure a safe community, Evergreen Park police officers patrol all of the schools in the village. There is an officer assigned to the DEA task force. The precinct is also a member of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and the 5th District SWAT Team, which Chief Saunders leads.
The department comprises a detective unit, K-9 unit, forensics unit, evidence submittal, an in-house range for officers and community safety programs DARE and GREAT. The Evergreen Park Police Association supports Evergreen Park youth through programs including the Tween Club, Evergreen Park Athletic Association, Evergreen Park Boys Club Baseball, Panthers Girls Softball, Evergreen Park Department of Recreation, Evergreen Park Community High School Scholarship Fund and the Annual Track Meet, among other programs. The association's monthly board meeting is held every fourth Tuesday of the month at nearby American Legion Hall.
Committed to "serve and protect all members of the community," the Evergreen Park Police Department honored fallen soldier and former Evergreen Park Police officer Thomas Wortham, by retiring his star after his murder in 2010.
Headed by John Murphy, the Hamilton B. Maher Community Center houses the Village of Evergreen Park's Citizen's…More Service, Recreation Department and the Youth Commission. Jolene Churak is the director of the Citizens Service, while Dennis Duffy heads the Recreation Department and Jim Feltz leads the Youth Commission.
The community center has a variety of resources for people of all ages, including a gym, a library, a TV room, several activity rooms and a rec room with a pool table among other fun games and lounge chairs. The center's Youth Commission is usually open Tuesday through Friday, 3:00pm - 5:00pm during the school year, however during vacations, it is open Tuesday through Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm. It offers community services where youth can partake, including babysitting classes, field trips, craft classes, basketball leagues, grass cutting service, leaf raking and snow shoveling services. High school students are welcome to come to the community center to participate in any of these activities to fulfill community service requirements.
Maranatha Chapel is located on the westernmost tip of Evergreen Park. Lead by Pastors Doug and Lamond Banks, the…More church places a strong emphasis on serving God and appreciating diversity. The church has several ministries, geared toward children, youth/college-aged, adults, different ethnic groups and those who want to do missions work.
Members may enroll their children in nursery or toddler care. Older children may participate in the Children's Church, Royal Rangers mentoring program for boys and Mpact Clubs for girls, that focuses on developing girls' lives. Different adult ministries include the men's and women's ministries, seniors ministry and a missions prayer group.
One of Maranatha Chapel's Ethnic ministries is the Hispanic Ministry, which has a Spanish worship service, bible study classes. The Arabic Ministry has services and bible studies in Arabic. The church's outreach programs include ESL classes and missions trips that the church takes once or twice a year. For more information on classes and trips, please visit the church's Web site.