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District 157-C in Frankfort welcomes first resource officer

Officer Chad Riff (back, middle) gathers with students from Leah Pinciak’s fifth grade class at Chelsea Intermediate School.
Officer Chad Riff (back, middle) gathers with students from Leah Pinciak’s fifth grade class at Chelsea Intermediate School.

Frankfort School District 157-C and the Frankfort Police Department recently selected officer Chad Riff to become D157-C’s first district resource officer beginning next school year.

By adding the presence of a full-time police officer in the district’s buildings, the district aims to enhance security through the creation of positive relationships between staff, students and law enforcement.

The addition of this position was made possible thanks to the support of the Frankfort Village Board and Frankfort School District 157-C Board of Education.

The boards entered into an agreement for the position’s creation.

D157-C Superintendent Maura Zinni said the addition of Riff’s presence in the district would give the police department greater familiarity with school buildings and operations, allowing for additional recommendations for safety and security.

Riff has five-and-a-half years of experience in law enforcement, all with the Frankfort Police Department.

Before accepting his role as DRO, Riff served as a patrol officer and, for the past three years, as the department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer.

He said he wanted to become a police officer to serve and protect people in need, and he enjoys interacting with people, knowing that at the end of the day, he can make a difference in someone’s life.

Burica said Riff always is willing to take on new challenges and continues to show himself to be a leader and someone who wants to make a difference.

Burica added that Riff has volunteered for countless activities with the FPD and is involved with various civic organizations. He has also attended safety courses such as the Federal Active Shooter Threat Instructor Program.

Riff said he applied to the DRO position to serve and protect the students and staff in the district and to serve as a mentor for students who need additional guidance.

In addition to serving as a mentor for students in each of the district’s three school buildings, Riff will continue to provide instruction on DARE, stranger danger, internet safety, community connections, bicycle and railroad safety, school safety and safety drills.

“I am a big kid myself, which makes it fun and easy to relate to children and get them to understand right from wrong,” Riff said said in a news release.

“I admire a child's honesty and creativity, which reminds me of my childhood."

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