Maywood IL.

The Village of Maywood was incorporated as a municipality on October 22, 1881 and is Celebrating its 125th anniversary, this Western suburb is located four miles west of Chicago, Illinois.

Maywood has a population of 27,000; 70% African American, 15 % Latino, and 15% white. Congress designated Maywood the Village of Eternal Light to honor the soldiers from Maywood who died on the Bataan death march. Maywood's officials boast about its diversity, pointing out that the Village has a long history of welcoming all residents when other suburbs actively turned them away.

Long a blue collar community, Maywood has seen a severe increase in crime in past years. During the year of 2003, the city witnessed 20 murders, a 10 murder increase from 2002 and a 12 murder increase from 2001. The city has one of the highest crime rates of any suburb in Chicagoland. There were 7,937 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 30.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
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Maywood Police Department

The mission of the Maywood Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the village by working cooperatively with the citizens and within the framework of the United States Constitution, to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment. The Maywood Police Department, being empowered by the community, as part of the community, is committed to protect the lives, property and right of the people. To fulfill our missions, we will strive to attain the highest degree of ethical behavior and professional conduct at all times.  We will maintain and enforce the law impartially. 

We will provide quality police services in partnership with other members of the community.  We will be responsive to community concerns; we will address emerging crime trends and patterns and aggressively attempt to eliminate chronic crime conditions within the community.


1)  Reduction of Crime by (5%) Percent.
2)  Reduction Calls for Service by ten (10%) Percent.
3)  To become more customer friendly, improving the image of the Maywood Police Department.
4)  To improve the morale of the Maywood Police Department Members.
5)  To increase revenue through strategic operational programs.

Effective community policing involves a partnership between the police, local government, and community members.  In essence, community policing means, "People Working Together."  It has the ability to provide the quality of life in our community.  Community policing consists of two essential components: community partnership and problem solving.

Community partnership recognizes the value of bring the people back into the policing process.  All members of the community must unite, as never before, in order to combat crime within our neighborhoods.  Problem-solving will identify the concerns that our community members believe will jeopardize their safety and well being.  These concerns then become the targets of joint police problems.  Community policing will enlist the input and skills of all members of the community.  The Maywood Police Department will always strive to access and remain at the highest levels of professionalism in order to effectively and efficiently serve the members of our community.  The introduction of community policing to our department will move this department into a new era of policing in our village.  We will become more proactive, rather than just reactive toward crime and problems within our community.

Maywood Appoints New Police Chief Maywood IL.

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 14, 2006

First African American Woman to Command the Police Force in This Western Suburb

Maywood, Illinois - June 14, 2006 - Mayor Henderson Yarbrough, Sr., of Maywood, Illinois, announced the appointment of Ms. Elvia P. Williams as the Village's new Police Chief. The Maywood Village Board approved a two-year contract with Williams at its June 14, 2006, meeting. She will take command on July 17, 2006.

Williams has served in law enforcement for over 18 years, moving up through the ranks from patrol officer to Investigations Captain. She currently holds the latter position with the Eugene, Oregon, Police Department. She also served as Patrol Captain and Operations Support Captain in Eugene. Williams began her career as a police officer with the City of Newport News, Virginia.

Williams has a Master's degree in counseling from Hampton University and a Bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology from Loyola University/Chicago. She is working toward her doctorate in Urban Studies. In addition to working in law enforcement, she teaches courses in Criminal Justice at the Academy and Community College levels. A sample of her relevant experience includes supervising and managing civilian and sworn employees, leading her department's Racial Profiling Taskforce, teaching Ethics in Law Enforcement for her department, and working with diverse communities to form positive relationships between the police department and the people it serves.

"I'm very excited about Ms. Williams coming to Maywood," said Mayor Yarbrough, "and proud of the process we used to select her. It is a good example of how this administration is living up to its promise to conduct business in a fair and honest manner. The result of our efforts is a Police Chief who will bring Maywoodians and our police force together to make this a better community for everyone."

Maywood Village Manager, Robert L. Nelis, Sr., had the responsibility of choosing William from a field of candidates. "I picked her because I think she has the best combination of training, experience, expertise and personality for Maywood," Nelis said. "My mandate from the Village Board is to professionalize the operations of the Village so that it works better for everyone. Elvia Williams is a real professional. She brings fresh approaches that will contribute not just to a better Police Department, but also to a better Village."

Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District #89

Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District #89 is an Operation Safe Child partner.

District 89 Schools include:
Emerson School
Garfield School
Irving School
Jane Addams Elementary
Lexington Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Melrose Park Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Stevenson Elementary
Washington Elementary

District Information:
Number of Students: 5958
Number of Teachers: 325
Number of Males: 3001
Number of Females: 2957

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