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July 2018

School Safety

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Seldom do we hear stories where crime and school violence are stopped before anyone gets hurt. One such incident took place earlier this year on May 16th at Dixon High School in Lee County. The heroic efforts of Dixon School Resource Officer, Mark Dallas, stopped tragedy from taking place. Soon after 8:00 a.m., a former student opened fire near the school auditorium. Officer Dallas rushed to the area, which led to a foot chase. Officer Dallas and the suspect exchanged gunfire, and ultimately, Dallas shot and disabled the gunman. There is no doubt that Officer Dallas put his life on the line and saved the lives of children and faculty at the school. This heroic feat is yet another example of bravery and how our men and women in uniform protect lives every day. Our children represent our society’s most important assets and the future of our communities. Far too often we hear terrifying news concerning the loss of life or injury to children and school staffers in the wake of school violence. For this reason, school safety is among the highest priorities in Illinois and throughout the country. Here are some other ways we can potentially avoid and resolve school tragedies:
  • Recognize that all communities have different needs in securing their schools.
  • Implement national school safety guidelines that establish standards and best practices among schools.
  • Share information with all stakeholders related to threats and crimes committed on school property.
  • Increase the number of highly trained School Resource Officers with a commitment to law enforcement and security.
  • Utilize available technologies, including enhanced direct notification systems to E911 emergency service access points and using these technologies to enable law enforcement to improve response time and protect students during an active shooter event.
  • Require emergency systems to use video, computer software, voice and data communications to alert first responders and other vested stakeholders
Schools are a vital part of our community infrastructure and should be protected at least as well as government buildings. Enhancing the physical security of our schools and improving incident response are vital, because each classroom is to be considered protected space for our children.

Look Before You Lock

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that heatstroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash-related fatalities among children. Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees and the thermoregulatory system is overwhelmed. A core body temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal. Even great parents and caregivers can forget a child in the back seat. In any case, it is important to understand children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults. It is never okay to leave a child alone in or around a car for any reason. NHTSA Recommendations:
  1. Make it a habit of looking in the back seat before you lock the car
  2. Keep your car locked and your keys out of reach, because nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle
  3. Take-action if you notice a child alone in a car! Protecting children is everyone’s business
  4. Heatstroke can happen at any time of year and in any weather condition. Outside temperature in the mid-60s can cause the inside temperature of a car to rise above 110 degrees Fahrenheit through the “Greenhouse Effect.” The interior temperature can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes.
Your Illinois Sheriffs’ Association encourages you to adopt NHTSA’s “Look Before You Lock” suggestions to help prevent accidental heatstroke.

Statutory & Elective Training

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The numbers are startling. The dangers are well known. Law enforcement and corrections are among the most dangerous jobs in America. During the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, recently held during May 2018 at the Capitol, the president shared an earnest message to the children of officers killed during duty stating, “Your moms and dads were among the bravest Americans to ever live.” When our deputies and peace officers respond to calls for help, they are faced with conditions that none of us envy. With the loving support of their families, these men and women approach each day prepared, but not knowing what types of crime or threats they may face. The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association provides the necessary training to make sure our Sheriffs and Deputies for better public safety.