OPRF, River Forest and Oak Park police to formalize reporting process


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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Oak Park and River Forest High School is looking to formalize its process of reporting crimes on campus to police in the two villages via an intergovernmental agreement with both departments.

OPRF plans to enter into agreements with the River Forest and Oak Park police concerning how and when crimes are reported to law enforcement. Crimes covered in the agreement include those involving drugs and weapons.

The District 200 Board of Education discussed both agreements during their Dec. 8 board meeting but did not take action. The board is scheduled to vote on the measures at their Dec. 21 meeting.

School officials noted that they already have a process in place to notify police, when warranted, concerning crimes committed on campus by students. But it was the River Forest Police Department that contacted OPRF about entering into a formal agreement. OPRF then contacted the Oak Park police about entering into a similar agreement.

According to John Williams, director of Oak Park and River Forest Township Youth Services, it's helpful to track data from all types of crimes to notice trends.

Over the summer, a 17-year-old OPRF student was arrested for his role in a drug ring after he was found to be in possession of hundreds of cellphones and calculators, some of which were reported stolen from the school.

Williams said that for people abusing drugs, anything is up for grabs, so electronics theft is definitely worth tracking.

According to Oak Park police, crimes such as theft are not reported by the high school. A parent or student would need to contact a School Resource Officer or the police directly to report a theft.

Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley said that process won't change with the agreement, but that he'd suspect theft of many items at a time or over a long period of time would be reported by the school.

School officials say thefts are not mandated to be reported to police but other crimes are.

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Brian for Chief  

Posted: December 12th, 2011 2:56 PM

Chief Illini


Posted: December 12th, 2011 2:27 PM

@Violet Aura, I believe this is the first time I have agreed with you on something! the news reporting on this site (and paper) has really lacked in the past few months. The first reporting of the Bleeding Heart robbery was pretty much a re-posting of the Facebook Status of the store. How is that journalism? And why did it take days to report this? Oh yeah, OP likes to white wash issues to make this town and its government look flawless!

Brian Slowiak from Oqk Park  

Posted: December 12th, 2011 12:44 PM

Crime stats are the problem. The perent decrease in crime is meaningless. Demand clearance rates. 100 reported burglaries, 10 arrests, the clearance rate is 10% or 90% of the crimes are unsolved. The OPPD should step up to the 1980's.

Jupitor from Way out there  

Posted: December 12th, 2011 12:20 PM

Crime stats are not good for OP. If it is reported in OP then it is an OP crime stat. The VMA counts on low crime stats to get re-elected. Our didn't you read Silly's posts: summary is that everything is great in OP, nothing to worry about go about your business or move out of OP if you don't like it.

Jim M.  

Posted: December 12th, 2011 12:15 PM

Let me get this straight. River Forest Police Department took the lead on this initiative even though the high school is located in Oak Park. Once again, Chief Tanksley neglecting his duties.


Posted: December 12th, 2011 10:58 AM

At Fenwick or Oak Park River Forest?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 12th, 2011 10:35 AM

With the Penn State sexual abuse allegations,and the now formalized reporting process at the HS in place, I wonder in the past how was a sexual allegation of a student by a teacher handled and how the same allegation is handled today with a formalized process?

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 11th, 2011 3:27 PM

When is WJ gonna formalize their reporting process and REPORT on significant events, such as which the other poster alludes to? In other words, a woman was sexually assaulted on the 200 N. OP Ave. block and not a peep from WJ. It happened at 7 pm!!!! And isn't that the area where another attack occurred against a woman last year? In fact, there were several attacks by someone who was never caught. A full description of the perp is available at another local site which cannot be named;)

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 11th, 2011 9:59 AM

brian Slowiak, they must have been hiding crimes for decades, or maybe since the crimes starting happening, and of course the big question is, why are there crimes at the high school that are numerous enough that now need to be reported? The high school must be lacking good leadership.

brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 11th, 2011 1:14 AM

So, in the past OPRF High School made a deliberate attempt to hide or at least not acknowledge crimes to the local police departments.

Woman sexually assaulted on Oak Park Avenue  

Posted: December 10th, 2011 9:14 PM

In case anyone is interested. http://oakpark.suntimes.com/9348697-417/woman-sexually-assaulted-on-oak-park-avenue.html

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