The Maywood Police Department announces the return of a previous community policing program, police trading cards, along with an accompanying contest.  This program was first held in 1998 and again in 2003.  It was decided to run this program again since there have been many changes to the department since 2003.


The department has a total of 30 different trading cards which involve Maywood Police officers, K9’s, and other Police personnel.  Participating department members are being issued 500 cards each, which they will normally have with them while on duty.  Each card has a photograph of the officer on the front, along with a biography on the back.  The primary goal of this program is to teach the children of Maywood that our officers are friendly, helpful, and approachable, while giving participants a chance to get to meet police officers in the community.  


Maywood children are invited to participate in our trading card contest, in which the goal is to collect one of every card.  Each card will have a number, so participants will know which ones are needed to complete their collection.  We understand that it may take some time to collect each card, particularly since our patrol officers work rotating shifts, may be off duty, or in training.  It is important that children only approach officers when they are not actively involved in a police call such as a car stop, interviewing witnesses, or directing traffic.  Children are encouraged to wave down officers to obtain a trading card, or they and their families are even welcome to stop into the police station at 15 Park Avenue.  


There will also be two mystery cards.  Announcements will be made on the Maywood Police Facebook Page with times and clues for participants to get the mystery cards.


Once all 30 cards are collected, the child is requested to stop in police headquarters with their full card set.  All participants will receive a prize and will be listed on the Maywood Police Department website; however, the first three participants to collect all 30 cards will receive special prizes.  Further information regarding the contest will be posted on the Maywood Police Department website, www.maywoodpd.org 


The Maywood Police Department would like to thank the following community partners for their generous donations and sponsorship of the program:  Mario’s Pizza, Jaxs Car Wash, Coronet Variety, Alpine Limousine, Vikki Healey Properties, Paramount Lawn Sprinkler, Maywood Recreation Department, United Northern Mortgage, and Share 911.


For further questions about the program, please contact Chief David Pegg, Detective Matthew Parodi or Officer Erik Aronson at 201-845-8800.