Mutual Aid / Professional Organizations
In the spirit of regional law enforcement, the Countryside Police Department is involved in the following associations or taskforces:
- Major Case Assistance Team (M.C.A.T.)
- Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (N.I.P.A.S.) www.nipas.org
- Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) www.ileas.org
- South Suburban Major Crime Task Force (SSMCTF) www.ssmctf.org
- 5th District S.W.A.T.
- HIDTA Program
M.C.A.T. is a mutual aid agreement of surrounding communities to assist in investigation efforts.
N.I.P.A.S. is a mutual aid association consisting of 98 communities for mobile car plans, a mobile field force, and emergency service teams (SWAT).
The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) was formed in 2002 in response to the September 11th attacks. They provide for immediate emergency response by law enforcement agencies to a requesting agency on a statewide basis, should our community suffer any natural or manmade disaster.
The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (SSMCTF) unit investigates major crimes that consist of homicides, kidnappings, and other forcible felonies. The unit consists of law enforcement officers from local, county, state, and federal agencies.
The 5th District SWAT unit is comprised of officers from Alsip, Bridgeview, Bedford Park, Chicago Ridge, Countryside, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, and Worth who are specifically trained to respond to High Risk Armed offender situations and hostage barricade events.
The HIDTA Program provides Federal assistance to better coordinate and enhance counterdrug law enforcement.