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Community Partnerships: Forest Park P.D. Promotes Student SafetyŚLends PMSA a Hand

The Village of Forest Park and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have come together to help promote and ensure student safety before, during, and after school.

The Forest Park Police Department is lending PMSA a hand at the start of the school year. They have provided a police officer to direct the flow of traffic in and out of the school parking lot. They donated and set up signs as barriers to make it easier for parents to drop-off and pick-up students. They also patrol and monitor around the building.  These are all pro-active safety measures on behalf of PMSA, the Forest Park P.D., and the Mayor of Forest Park, Anthony Calderone.

“The safety of the students over there is a priority,” said Forest Park Police Chief Jim Ryan. “We have been monitoring and patrolling. We are trying to help parents adjust to the new flow of traffic.  One of our officers even volunteered to direct traffic to get kids in, get parents out, and to keep traffic flowing properly. They are such good people over there [at PMSA] and we are happy to help out. It’s just a great relationship, and they are very easy to work with.”

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy assistant principal, Dr. Clotidle Frankiewicz, and PMSA’s security manager, Brandon Gale, asked the Mayor of Forest Park and the police department for assistance in monitoring and patrolling around the school. With the heavy traffic volume around Roosevelt Road and First Avenue, they sought to form a partnership with a focus on student safety. The Forest Park P.D. brought over traffic signs to set a new flow of traffic for the parking lot. Police officers patrol the outside of the building and the parking lot before, during, and after school. The police department also plans to post signs on the school’s parameter that prohibit through traffic.  PMSA officials say they are extremely thankful for the partnership that helps create a bridge between school and community.

“We want to thank the Mayor’s office for his assistance with helping us to monitor traffic and helping us to ensure our students’ safety before, during, and after school,” said Frankiewicz. “This is important for the district because it demonstrates a partnership between Forest Park and District 209. We both have a true commitment to our school system, our students, to our families, and to our community.”

Forest Park Police say they are happy to provide this level of support and will continue to work with PMSA throughout the year.

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