St. Charles Police Department and School District 303 Work Together for School Safety
The tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have raised questions in cities across the nation regarding security measures in our schools. The St. Charles Police Department and Community Unit School District 303 have received calls from concerned parents asking if we are prepared for a similar event here in St. Charles.
Over the years, the police department has formed a number of partnerships with School District 303 to increase security at the various district buildings within the City. Our uniformed officers are continually on patrol in their beats and are available for immediate response. In light of recent events, extra attention is being given to our schools. Security measures include:
- School Resource Officers are assigned inside both of our two high schools.
- The police department and District 303 have joined together to work on disaster planning.
- Active Shooter/Rapid Response training is held by the Police Department annually.
- Lock down drills and security assessments are provided by the Police Department to every school.
- Safety plans have been developed with the Kane County Regional Office of Education to standardize plans throughout our County. All tactical plans are then reviewed by members of the Kane County SWAT Team, of which St. Charles Police officers are members.
- Tactical pre-plans are kept in each St. Charles Police squad car.
- School staff train with local law enforcement for disasters and have tactical resources on hand.
- School response plans are reviewed by security consultants through the Kane County Regional Office of Education.
“The most important thing our community needs to know is that District 303 and the St. Charles Police Department work closely on several issues, especially the safety and security of our schools,” said District 303 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Don Schlomann. “We coordinate our efforts and communicate constantly to make certain we are prepared.”
“The coordinated efforts of the police department and school district are focused on having safety and security measures in place to keep the children safe in our schools,” said Chief of Police James Lamkin. “We follow extensive protocols at the school, city and county level to ensure security and the proper response to emergency situations. The police department conducts situation-based training routinely that helps keep personnel exposed to real life events and be better prepared to respond if needed.”
“St. Charles is a close-knit community,” said Mayor Donald DeWitte. “And that extends to the working relationship between the City, its police department, and District 303. Our police department and emergency response teams will continue to work with the School District on pro-active preventive actions, and should it ever be necessary, advanced emergency response.”
About the City of St. Charles
Friendly neighborhoods, diverse retailers, international employers, innovative schools, beautiful parks, varied cultural amenities, and unique architecture have earned St. Charles its reputation as the Pride of the Fox. Located in both DuPage and Kane counties, the City of St. Charles is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago, and has a population of approximately 33,000. Over 2,100 businesses, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants and manufacturing facilities, employ more than 18,000 people. The City of St. Charles was named the #1 City for Families by Family Circle® magazine in 2011; one of the “150 Great Places in Illinois,” by the AIA Illinois; and one of the “Top 10 Towns To Live In” by West Suburban Living magazine. www.stcharlesil.gov