Courtesy Tom Weitzel

Riverside Police Command Staff personnel and Riverside Brookfield High School Senior Administrative staff attended a joint training session on April 25 entitled “Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning.”

At no cost to participants, this training was put on by the La Grange Park Police Department and the National School Safety and Security Services. The original proposal for the training came from Brookfield District 95 Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski. The instructor was Kenneth S. Trump, President of the National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland-based national consulting firm specializing in school security.

The training, held in La Grange Park, was developed to assist local police agencies and school districts in preparing best practices for focusing on the fundamentals of school safety.

Some topics addressed at the seminar included communicating safety, creating an anti-bullying program, managing parent and media communications, and overall school campus safety.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel stated, “Riverside and the communities that feed into District 208 are comprised of safe communities with safe schools, and it is imperative that educators and law enforcement work together to assure that they continue to remain safe.”

Chief Weitzel and Superintendent Skinkis have pledged to continue to partner on training opportunities as they become available.