Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The Richton Park Police Department will provide a Student Resource Officer (SRO) that will spend time at Rich South High School, Neil Armstrong Elementary and Sauk School Elementary in order to foster a more personal relationship between police officers, parents, school administrators and students. The Police Department and the School District recognize that there is a lack of daily communication between school officials and the Police Department. Otentimes violence in the street spills over into the school setting as violence in the schools spills out into the community. It is believed that a daily police presence and a developing a positive relationship between police and the schools could reduce: 1) the number of calls for service to the schools, 2) the amount of violent incidents at the high school, within the neighborhoods prior to and immediately after school. NCA/NCF