Community policing important to new chief of Countryside
COUNTRYSIDE – They were 27 young men with no police experience, and they were supposed to start a police department.
The city of Burbank took over control of its own police operation Jan. 1, 1983, after previously falling under Cook County jurisdiction. The department hired Joseph Ford as one of its dispatchers just months after Ford graduated from Southern Illinois University.
“Anybody with any kind of police experience came in as a sergeant, and there were only three of them,” said Ford, Countryside’s new police chief.
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