Updated: May 22, 2013 3:58PM
Oak Lawn Community High School will have a full-time police liaison officer starting in the fall. District 229 Supt. Michael Riordan made the recommendation that was approved by the school board earlier this month to facilitate a more positive image of the school and police department.
Until now, the school district had a part-time officer.
The Oak Lawn police officer will spend 8½ hours Monday through Friday at the school. On days when students are not in school, the officer will report to the police department. The officer also will work weekend events, summer programs and special school functions.
“We just feel it’s one more step we’ve taken to make sure our school building is as safe as possible,” Riordan said. He added that having the police liaison officer in the high school is not just about crime prevention, but also general supervision.
“The officer would serve as a conduit of communication between the school and the police department,” he said. The officer’s employment will start Aug. 1 and continue through July 31, 2014.