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Police, schools discuss safety plans at seminar

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 7:03 p.m. CDT

BROOKFIELD – A consultant specializing in school safety reinforced key points last week about preparing for the worst: have a plan of action for potential crises, and keep the lines of communication open between the parties involved.

The information provided by Kenneth S. Trump, president of the Cleveland-based National School Safety and Security Services, proved useful to those who attended, said Kevin Skinkus, superintendent of Riverside School District 208.

“I thought it was a beneficial workshop or conference in that it reiterated some of the philosophies about school safety that we’ve already implemented here,” Skinkus said.

The seminar, Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning, was April 25 in a conference room donated by Plymouth Place in La Grange Park. It was organized by Mark Kuzniewski, superintendent of Brookfield – La Grange School District 95, and La Grange Park Police Chief Daniel McCollum.

“I thought the day went very well,” Kuzniewski said. “There was a lot of good thinking provided by Mr. Trump about school safety.”

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said the goal of the program was to emphasize the importance of ensuring school officials and law enforcement agencies cooperate while devising school safety plans.

“The idea is to make sure we are on the same page with school staff members... some of the items weren’t things we’ve tried yet,” Weitzel said.

Members of the Riverside Police Department have worked on a detailed safety plan with representatives of local schools in the village including Riverside Brookfield High School, Weitzel said.

Skinkus and Weitzel credited Kuzniewski and the La Grange Park Police Department with putting the event together.

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