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Carbondale Police and Elementary School District to build relationship

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Through a new initiative, students in Carbondale Elementary School District 95 will have new opportunities to meet and get to know the community's police officers.

According to news release, the police initiative focuses on developing relationships and prevention before other restorative practices are used as intervention.

“No matter how you look it, it's about building relationships,” said Carbondale Elementary School District Superintendent Michael Shimshak. “School safety experts advise that among the best practices, are the development of positive relationships with each student in the school and strengthening community connections.”

As part of the initiative, Carbondale police officers plan to stop by the schools to informally meet and greet students on the playground, during the lunch period or in the halls.

Police say they want to grow positive relationships as part of the interim chief's vision for the police department.

For more information on this partnership, please contact Sergeant Corey Kemp at the Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200, extension 454 orckemp@ci.carbondale.il.us and Superintendent Michael Shimshak at the Carbondale Elementary School District at (618) 457-3591 ormshimshak@ces95.org.

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