Bob Berlin Re-Affirms Commitment to School Safety As New Year School Year Begins
I am committed to keeping the schools of DuPage County safe for our students to learn, grow, and prosper without fear or doubt for their own safety.
After the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy, I became one of the charter members of of the DuPage County School Safety Task Force. Over the almost 7 year life-span of the Task Force, we have created a best practice framework for emergency preparedness and behavior threat assessment. Our most important goal has been to identify the tendencies of potential mass shooters before they act and to prevent shootings from occurring.
Additionally, during my tenure as State’s Attorney I have successfully prosecuted or resolved cases involving students communicating threats against the school, teachers, or other students. I have also made it clear that false reports or hoaxes will not be tolerated, and will prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Task Force and my approach to crime in schools has allowed me to be extremely pro-active in this area and confront crime before it occurs. I think a good State’s Attorney should be exactly that, pro-active. I look forward to continuing to work with my partners in our school system, and community at large, to guarantee a safe and secure learning environment for our children.