About Public Safety Support Services

Public Safety Support Services (PS3) is an entity of the Village of South Holland, led by Deputy Police Chief Chris Lareau and Director Mark Van Kley. Members, all of whom are paid on call, give their time and talents to serve their community.

PS3 is designed to work when either man-made or natural disasters or emergencies occur in South Holland or the surrounding area.

PS3 is the modern, better trained version of the old Civil Defense Corps which protected our nation during and after World War II.

PS3 has its origins in the Federal legislation which created FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. PS3s are the local arm of FEMA, although they are not under Federal or State control unless an officially declared emergency situation exists in a community, state, or region.

What does Public Safety Support Services do?

  • Traffic control
  • Crowd control
  • Search and Rescue (land and water)
  • Weather spotting
  • Disseminate public information
  • Mutual aid – assisting other suburban PS3 units

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide support to Village departments and organizations
  • Provide support for community events
  • Protect the environment
  • Work with other PS3 units
  • Provide necessary facilities and training
  • Provide needed vehicles and facilities