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Huntley School District 158 considers adding 2 additional school resource officers

Adam Zehr, assistant superintendent of human resources for Huntley School District 158, goes over Human Resources Committee reports at a meeting Thursday.
Adam Zehr, assistant superintendent of human resources for Huntley School District 158, goes over Human Resources Committee reports at a meeting Thursday.

The prospect of adding school resource officers at two of Huntley School District 158’s campuses was met favorably by board members during Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

District 158 Chief Security Officer Adam Dean outlined his plan during the Human Resources Committee portion of the meeting and said traditional school safety platforms have changed and the addition of officers at the district’s Reed Road and Square Barn campuses would increase efforts to build a safer community.

Dean said the next steps would be to begin formal dialogue between the Algonquin and Lake in the Hills Police Departments. Board approval then will be sought on agreements with the villages at a later date.

Superintendent Scott Rowe said he is excited about the opportunity to take a proactive step when it comes to student safety rather than reactionary responses. He added that middle school students in particular will really embrace the opportunity to engage with officers.

Board member Ra’Shawn Walker said statistically, when kids engage with law enforcement on a regular basis, they have a better sense of safety and security.

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