New Director Named For DOJ Office of School Safety

(Madison) A Beloit police lieutenant has been tabbed the new director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety. D-O-J officials say Kristen A. Devitt has more than 600 hours of specialized police and child welfare training and is currently a lieutenant of patrol at the Beloit Police Department where she oversees school resource officers. Devitt is also a part-time instructor for the National Association of School Resource Officers. State Attorney General Brad Schimel issued a statement saying that Devitt was the ideal candidate because she has spent much of her career working to improve the relationship between students and law enforcement officers. She worked as a school resource officer at the LaSalle Illinois Police Department and the Madison Police Department. Devitt will start her new role July 9th. The Department of Justice Office of School Safety recently awarded the Waupun School District just under $100-thousand dollars. The focus areas the grant dollars will target include securing school entry zones with shatter resistant film, improving visitor screening through internal and external security cameras, updating internal classroom locks, installing playground security fencing and training for all staff on threat assessment and prevention.