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Woodstock City Council to vote on 2nd school resource officer

Woodstock police officer Joshua Rapacz, who serves as the school resource officer for Woodstock School District 200, works in his office Feb. 23.
Woodstock police officer Joshua Rapacz, who serves as the school resource officer for Woodstock School District 200, works in his office Feb. 23.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss several police matters, including the approval of a second school resource officer for Woodstock School District 200.

The District 200 board approved its end of the agreement for a second resource officer in July, and the city also must sign off on it. Woodstock police officer Joshua Rapacz spends his time between both Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School.

If City Council members approve the item, both Rapacz and officer Matt Prentice would be in place for the start of the school year, which begins Aug. 16. Rapacz would be at Woodstock North, and Prentice would work out of Woodstock High School.

The district would pay two-thirds of the costs – $112,416 – toward both officers’ salaries, and the city would pay the remaining portion, according to city documents.

“The [resource officers] will take both proactive and reactive approaches when it comes to criminal activity and site security, as well as continue to develop the positive relationships with the school staff, students and students’ parents,” Police Chief John Lieb said in a memo to council members.

The council also will discuss buying three vehicles for the department. The department has requested approval to buy two Ford Police Interceptor sedans at $26,158 each and a Ford Taurus sedan for $20,540, according to city documents.

The Interceptors would be general patrol vehicles, and the Taurus would serve as a replacement unmarked detective car, according to city documents. The police department operates on a five-year vehicle replacement plan and typically replaces two or three primary patrol vehicles annually. Detective vehicles are replaced as needed, according to city documents.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St.

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