The NATO Summit is planned for the City of Chicago from May 19-21, 2012. It is unknown at this time the impact that the summit will have on northwest suburbs. It is probable that hotels and other residential sites in the downtown Chicago area will experience full occupancy. This means that surrounding communities may be used for their hotel/dining needs. We are also expecting international media.
Please be assured that the North Suburban Police and Fire Departments are well aware of the coming event and have been involved in planning for it during the last seven months. Our public safety officials have been planning on how to best respond to many contingencies and ensure that our communities continue to have the same level of security and protective services that they have come to expect.
However, we do expect the public's help, as you are also the eyes and ears of our community. You have the opportunity to make observations of potential problems or suspicious activity. We encourage you to notify the Niles Police Department if you come upon anything of a suspicious nature. Call 911 immediately.
Other items to be mindful of an call 911 if something does not "feel right" include:
- Vacant/foreclosed properties and buildings that were once vacant and are now occupied.
- Person(s) taking pictures of buildings, churches, structures etc.
- Continued questions on operations, hours, security for your business or job.
- People camping in parks & forest preserves or other open spaces.
- Abandoned/unusual vehicles
- Anti-government, anti-military flyers
- Anarchist flyers, or
- Suspicious Papers.
Peaceful protest is a valued right and protected by the First Amendment; however, there may be those that seek to incite violence or put out a call for unlawful activity. It is imperative that our Police Department is made aware of any potential areas of conflict and if certain symbolism is showing up in the Village. One of the most basic indicators that extremist groups are making an appearance in a city or town is the presence of graffiti or flyers, advocating “direct actions” (i.e. criminal activity) against government, business or other societal institutions.
Download this flyer and make your employees aware.
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING -
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY REPORT IT TO:
Niles Police Department Call 911