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Police Reports

Heightened police presence at 2 schools in Elburn

'Potential person of interest' prompts extra police

H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com
Crystal Lake police crusier on Monday, March 30, 2015.
H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Crystal Lake police crusier on Monday, March 30, 2015.

ELBURN – Elburn police provided an extra presence at two Kaneland District 302 elementary schools this morning, regarding a “potential person of interest” as reported by a village resident, school and police officials said.

The increased police presence was at John Stewart Elementary School, 817 Prairie Valley St., and Blackberry Creek Elementary School, 1122 S Anderson Road, both in Elburn, according to an email alert sent by school officials.

“At this time, the police have indicated that there is not an immediate threat or concern to any of our students or staff,” the district’s email stated. “The police presence is a proactive and precautionary measure to keep all students and staff safe.”

Elburn Police Chief Nicholas Sikora said police are generally present when students go into school and leave for the day, but this was an additional presence in response to a concerned citizen's call.

“This is us being proactive,” Sikora said. “We have no criminal case. This is not our case. This is tied to a case in another jurisdiction.”

Sikora would not say what other police jurisdiction was involved, nor what the case was about.

The district sent the email in case parents were concerned about seeing extra police out by the schools this morning, Sikora said.

Sikora said he did not know if extra police would be present tomorrow or Friday, but would take it day by day.

“All of our staff have been notified and are being extra vigilant with regard to sending all visitors to the schools, including parents, to the main office for entry into the building,” the district’s email stated.

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