Westchester Police Department is located at 10300 W Roosevelt Rd, Westchester, 60154 IL. The Westchester Police Department phone number is 708-345-0060.
An email from a parent. Hello Officer Rob, Just doing a follow up on your views with the school safety protocol that you are trying to organize for our school system. I would like to know if the school system will have some training for the students/parents, something we can go over with our kids at home. I have been following the news, and it also seems like other communities/other states have some Safety Drill/Procedure in place. Please Advise, Just a Concerned Parent/Resident ____________ I can not speak on behalf of Westchester Public Schools District 92.5. However, I can speak on behalf of our agency and as a School Resource Officer. The current program of 'Locks, Lights, Out of Sight!' works here. Our schools comply with the Illinois School Safety Drill Act. The purpose of this Act is to establish minimum requirements and standards for schools to follow when conducting school safety drills and reviewing school emergency and crisis response plans. The Act also encourages schools and first responders to work together for the safety of children. Fire and police sit down with each school, public and private, in our community at the start of each school year. During that time each school will review with us their Emergency Operations Plan. The Act requires one Law Enforcement drill, commonly referred to as a lockdown or active threat drill, that must be conducted and observed by law enforcement annually and involves both students and staff during the school day. As far as training with parents I am all for having some form of a parent night in which we can speak in general terms as to what we are doing with our schools. I have recently suggested to the Superintendent and School Board that a parent night should occur. Again, I can not speak on behalf of the District, but I would recommend that you express your interest at the District level. I have provided resources that you may utilize at home with your children to prepare them. Just as we are educating our children in reading, writing, and arithmetic, they will carry school safety training on into high school, college, and eventually into the workplace. We are setting our children up for the real world. Ofc. Rob "Preparation does not cause anxiety; denial causes anxiety." - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman Illinois School Safety Drill Act http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2735&ChapterID=17 ________________ Recent events can increase fears and safety concerns for children and parents. Consequently, it is essential for parents to have guidance on how to address such circumstances with their children. Here are some great resources: https://www.safeandsoundschools.org/2018/01/26/explaining-school-violence-to-children/ www.apa.org/helpcenter/talking-to-children.aspx http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers ________________ Great resource as to what you can do at home with your child: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Actions-Schools-Are-Taking-to-Make-Themselves-Safer.aspx
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Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Westchester, is currently making a proposal that could reduce the number of school resource officers in schools in addition to making it difficult for a school district to start up and then fund a School Resource Officer program. With the proposed withdrawal of funding for school resource officer programs that directly affect the critical initiative to save our students from the ongoing cyber-bullying, sexting, sextortion, and drug abuse in our schools this is all the more reason to support SB 2856. Illinois Senator Michael G. Connelly, R-21st Dist. and Det. Rich Wistocki, retired Naperville P.D., has crafted a new bill SB 2856. It specifies training program requirements for school resource officers and provides that each school district, charter school, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school create a training program on cyber-bullying, sexting, and sextortion for all school personnel. So when a student discloses this activity, the school can then react and prepare a case for Law Enforcement. Please contact your Senators and State Reps to support this critical initiative to save our students from the ongoing cyber-bullying, sexting, and sextortion in our schools. Here is the link and you can fill out a Witness Slip of support form online that can be found on the link below. Thank you for helping protect our children and please share. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=2856&GAID=14&GA=100&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=110033&SessionID=91 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-rr-police-shootings-letter-20180216-story.html
From our friends across the border.
You are responsible for your child's technology! Through the process of 'grooming' the 24-year-old predator, posing as a female, convinced the 11-year-old victim to go off the online gaming system while playing Minecraft and eventually onto a phone to continue subsequent conversations in private. The parent's state they were aware that their 11-year-old child was involved in an ongoing conversation with an individual unknown to them in Illinois. On average a sexual predator will have 250 victims in their lifetime. Odds are if they are doing something terrible to your child they are doing it to 20-30 others at the same time. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/19/florida-girl-11-found-in-georgia-hotel-room-with-alleged-kidnapper-met-in-online-video-game-cops-say.html
We need your help! Illinois Senator Michael G. Connelly, R-21st Dist. and Det. Rich Wistocki, retired Naperville P.D., has crafted a new bill SB 2856. It specifies training program requirements for school resource officers and provides that each school district, charter school, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school create a training program on cyber-bullying, sexting, and sextortion for all school personnel. So when a student discloses this activity, the school can then react and prepare a case for Law Enforcement. Please contact your Senators and State Reps to support this critical initiative to save our students from the ongoing cyber-bullying, sexting, and sextortion in our schools. Here is the link and you can fill out a Witness Slip of support form online that can be found on the link below. Thank you for helping protect our children and please share. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=2856&GAID=14&GA=100&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=110033&SessionID=91 Another aspect of SB 2856 will allow these programs to be funded through the Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act that provides that any local, municipal, or county law enforcement agency or state's attorney's office entitled to receive a monetary distribution of forfeiture proceeds may share those forfeiture proceeds. As school resource officers educate and mentor students on substance abuse in addition to investigating drug-related issues, forfeiture proceeds may be used for the training of school resource officers in the prevention of drug abuse in schools. Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Westchester, is currently making a proposal that could reduce the number of school resource officers in schools in addition to making it difficult for a school district to start up and then fund a School Resource Officer program. With the proposed withdrawal of funding for school resource officer programs that directly affect the critical initiative to save our students from the ongoing cyber-bullying, sexting, sextortion, and drug abuse in our schools this is all the more reason to support SB 2856.
Children have no privacy. We need to do our share as a parent or guardian by asking those pointed questions, conducting a search of their room and requiring that they provide us with the first and last name, home address, phone number and school of those they have contact with on social media. And remember to monitor your child's devices.
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Q. Who will fund these school resource officer training programs? A. Another aspect of SB2856 will allow these programs to be funded through the Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act that provides that any local, municipal, or county law enforcement agency or state's attorney's office entitled to receive a monetary distribution of forfeiture proceeds may share those forfeiture proceeds. As SRO’s educate and mentor students on substance abuse in addition to investigating drug-related issues, forfeiture proceeds may be used for the training of SRO’s in the prevention of drug abuse along with other programs in schools. The following is from my good friend and mentor Rich Wistocki.
Our School Resource Officer, Ofc. Rob Verber, has completed both the basic and advanced SRO training programs through NASRO. http://www.wusa9.com/mobile/video/opinion/editorials/off-script/offscripton9-the-role-school-resource-officers-play-in-keeping-students-safe/65-8010088
Great job by all agencies involved! And a BIG cookie treat for K9 "Jax."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured and mortally wounded, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School community, Parkland, FL., and the first responders of this tragic event.
Dear Parents and Guardians, It is difficult for all of us to comprehend the tragic events that took place at a Florida high school yesterday. Our thoughts go out to the children, teachers, staff, families, and community that were devastated by this loss of innocent lives. I want to reassure you that we take school safety and security very seriously at our schools. We work alongside the Westchester Police Department and Westchester Fire Department to make sure we have definite plans and procedures in place to deal with emergency situations. Our schools conduct several different drills from fire drill to an intruder drill. We are vigilant and proactive when it comes to our children's safety. This past summer we installed safety vestibules in all of our buildings. These vestibules are put in place to secure all visitors in a location until they can be cleared by school personnel to enter the building. We continue to look at safety upgrades for all of our buildings. Our building administrators and I have communicated with our school staff to review our safety procedures and about maintaining a nurturing environment for our students during these times. School supports and administrative staff will be available and accessible to respond to children’s concerns and needs as necessary. I am sharing links to some resources prepared by the National Association of School Psychologists that can be used by parents and school personnel. http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers www.apa.org/helpcenter/talking-to-children.aspx Please keep the community of Parkland, Florida, and the students, teachers, staff, and parents of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in your thoughts and prayers. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 708-670-1927. Sincerely, Philip Salemi Superintendent
There's much more at play here. We need to call these school killings for what they are, Domestic Terrorism. The movement is to now fund this and fight the problem. http://wgntv.com/2018/02/15/authorities-looking-at-preventative-measures-after-florida-shooting/ The uptick, not unlike like the current heroin epidemic, is unfortunately here to stay unless the issue is adequately addressed and brought out into the open. Nowadays our children have the "means" (Internet) and the "motive" (media fame) to inspire and then carry out the plan. They are also "scripted" by the violent video games, or "mass murder simulators," which include the use of firearms and "kills" as rewards to get a high score. Check out Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's 'Sheepdog Seminars' http://www.sheepdogsafetytraining.com/ or his books https://www.killology.com/. Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stop-teaching-our-kids-to-kill-dave-grossman/1111893938?type=eBook is a good one. When in our area we send officers to the Grossman seminar The Bulletproof Mind. We make it a point to attend every few years as a refresher and usually have school administrators from our area attend.
Potentially Misleading ‘Tip’ about iPhone Emergency SOS Function on social media - Users running iOS 11 on iPhone devices can access an "Emergency SOS" option by pressing the Lock button five times. The "Emergency SOS" feature is only available to users running iOS 11; so those using iPhones older than a 5s, or who have not yet upgraded to iOS 11, cannot access it. It is important to note that "Emergency SOS" will NOT automatically send a text message or ping to local police. The danger of these rumors is that they give potential crime victims a false sense of security, and could distract from other (real) ways to get help in an emergency. Find out more here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208076
Have you registered? If not, what are you waiting for? Q. How secure is this information and is it something that the police department would recommend that residents do? A. If you've seen it here it is highly recommended. Answers to questions can be found here: https://smart911.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/ Q. Is Westchester using this? A. Yes. Our consolidated dispatch center, NORCOMM, has the software in place.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Commander Paul Bauer's family and his extended family at the Chicago Police Department. We are deeply saddened by their loss, and we hope you'll take a minute to read the editorial below. Chief Stelter has authorized the wear of the mourning band by officers of our agency in honor of Commander Bauer from now until the funeral services are complete. https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/editorial-paul-bauer-husband-father-neighbor-and-good-chicago-cop/
Across two days in February, the Broadview Police Department ran two joint active shooter training sessions with the Westchester and Hillside Police Departments, and getting to know one another was a big part of the purpose. Ten or 15 years ago officers arriving at the site of a mass shooting were taught to set up a perimeter and await SWAT. Lessons from Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and other mass shootings showed lives were lost for every moment of delay. New tactics prioritize saving civilian lives. Today, officers are taught to swarm the building, and training emphasizes maintaining forward movement. This training consisted of different scenarios to ensure that officers are prepared with coming in contact with an “active shooter” at one of the areas schools, businesses or industrial properties. During training, non-lethal training ammunition, termed simunition rounds, are utilized in actual firearms. This allowed officers to utilize their duty weapons in near realistic scenarios. The rounds are fired at reduced pressure and velocity. The following lists the speed at which each round travels from each: • Pistol (9 millimeter): 450 feet per second • Rifle: 650 feet per second When the rounds hit a target, they explode leaving a colored mark beneath. Protective gear was worn by all participants that were present during the training to help prevent injury however many officers were left with multiple spots on their uniforms with painful bruises beneath.