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New Illinois law aimed at safety in schools

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

There's a new law in Illinois that requires police and school officials to keep an open line of communication when students get in trouble with the law, outside of school hours.

The new Illinois law was put into place at the beginning of the year and it focuses on improving security in schools.

"Nowadays with school shootings, and things like that it's very important and everyone be aware in the school and what's going on within the school, as well as outside the school," said Detective Sergeant Jeff Grott with the Quincy Police Department.

Sgt. Grott says the new law requires law enforcement to inform schools about crimes students have been accused of committing during off-campus hours.

"Class A, Class B misdemeanor or felony, normally something of a violent nature, something that could effect the school's safety or security," said Sgt. Grott.

While this is a new law for the state, Grott says they've already had this line of communication open with Quincy schools.

"It will not be a huge change for us, we have 3 full time school resource officers. I have one that's stationed at the senior high, one at Baldwin and one at Junior High," said Sgt. Grott.

So, what consequences do students face at school if they get into trouble off school grounds?

"If there were an altercation for example, with another student that occurred outside of the school setting then we would probably respond to that differently than potentially a theft," said QHD Principal Danielle Edgar.

Edgar says ultimately it's the safety of students that's their biggest priority.

"We want to help ensure that this remains a quality place for them," said Edgar.

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