Elmwood Park police, schools reach reporting agreement

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:12:38 AM. Elmwood Park School District 401 and the village's police department will share information regarding potential or actual criminal offenses involving students under a reciprocal agreement reached at the Nov. 6 village board meeting.
School District 401 and the village's police department will share information regarding potential or actual criminal offenses involving district students under a reciprocal agreement reached at the Nov. 6 village board meeting. The reciprocal agreement formalizes a working arrangement that was already in place, said Police Chief Frank Fagiano, asked about the proposal after the meeting. The action "just solidifies" the two entities are following the law and not violating anyone's privacy, he said. He said similar agreements were in place with previous school administrations. School code requires that a district parent-teacher advisory committee, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, develop, with the board of education, policy guidelines in establishing a reciprocal reporting system. The Elmwood Park School District 401 Board had approved the agreement at its Oct. 18 meeting. Under the agreement, the district is required to report certain student incidents to police. The district's superintendent or his selected representative are to report any incidents to the police department immediately involving verified incidents related to: • Firearms. The policy calls for school personnel to report a verified incident involving a firearm in a school, on school-owned or leased property; or on any transportation that is owned, leased or used by the school to transport students or student personnel; • Drugs in school. School personnel are required to report any verified...Read more
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