by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—This month marks the end of the first year of Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta’s service with the Police Department, and at the Dec. 7 Maple Park Village Board meeting, Acosta reported that all of his goals were achieved.
“I believe that the Maple Park Police Department has grown much in the recent year,” Acosta said.
While establishing a community-policing role within the village, the growth was seen both inside the department, as well as in the broader community.
“The Police Department has a new home, including a booking area, and interview room,” Acosta stated, “Digital equipment and fingerprint services were also added.”
This year, the department conducted audits of its evidence and records systems, as well as drafted a new Standard Operating System.
The department has not only started a program called Kops and Kids at the Movies, which is meant to foster a relationship between the police and Maple Park youth, but also have a drop-in center available for them.
“I also look forward to the future,” Acosta said.
For 2011, proposed department goals include continued upgrades of police equipment, fostering community relationships and establishing a community watch program.
“We thank Chief Acosta for all he has done over this past year,” Trustee Nick Moisa said, “We finally have a Police Department we can be proud of.”