Oak Park Police Officer Kevin Collins to receive state education award

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Kevin Collins. Photo courtesy of the Oak Park Police

Kevin Collins of the Oak Park Police Department has been selected to receive the Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel Program,” according to a news release from the village.

Collins works as a school resource officer (SRO) at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School and has been nominated by the administrative staff and teachers at the middle school. He will receive the award at a banquet in October.

“The selection of Officer Collins to receive this award represents an important endorsement of our school resource officer program,” said Police Chief Rick C. Tanksley. “I am pleased that the state recognizes the unique value of this initiative.”

The staff at Gwendolyn Brooks has been appreciative of the assistance Collins brings on a daily basis and couldn’t be happier to make the nomination for the dedicated Officer.

“This award highlights Officers Collins’ passion for education, dedicated service to our school and tireless commitment to our students and staff,” said Brooks Principal LeeAndra Khan. “We commend him on this well-deserved honor and thank him for everything he does on a daily basis to help meet the needs of the children we serve.”

It is the duty of the SRO to maintain communication between parents, faculty, students, educators, and law enforcement for the assigned school. The SRO is always the first person to be called upon whenever a police investigation takes place or they need to coordinate drills or comment on safety within the school, according to the news release.

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