The DRI Protect and Serve Task Force will host a town hall that will focus on recent mass shootings in schools and the broader context of the role of law enforcement in addressing violence and crime in schools. The panel will discuss whether law enforcement officers should be part of the school community. If so, what is the proper role and relationship of those officers to the administration, the students, and the community? What unintended consequences might arise from any changes?
Please note: The town hall is free of charge.
Jon Akers has served as the Executive Director for the Kentucky Center for School Safety since his appointment in December of 2000. He has 47 years of experience in public education, which includes teaching Civics for four years and serving as a secondary school principal for 25 years. He served as a national trainer of Emergency Management for the United States Department of Education.
Demario Boone is the Director of School Safety for Peoria School District 150. Demario worked his way up as a patrol officer, campus police officer, and school resource officer. He serves on several boards and counts Peoria’s “40 Under 40” leaders, Peoria NAACP Courage Award, and 2020 Campus Safety Director of the Year among his numerous awards.
Patricia Casey is a retired Police Commander who served thirty-two (32) years with the Chicago Police Department. Her work focused on Youth Investigations which included Special Investigations, Youth Administration, Criminal Registration and the Juvenile Intervention and Support Center. Patty trained Supervisors and School Resources Officers on laws concerning youth and on recognizing a youth in need.
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