Introducing officer Maldonado

Tips for a Safe Spring Break

Happy spring! I have been with the Deerfield Police Department for more than two years. Before joining the department, I was a fourth grade teacher in North Chicago. I am excited to combine both worlds through my new role as a Student Resource Officer for Deerfield Public Schools District 109. I also hope to strengthen the partnership between District 109 and the Deerfield Police Department.

With spring break around the corner, I wanted to share some helpful tips to ensure everyone has a fun, safe and relaxing break. Even though kids may earn more freedom over spring break, expectations should remain the same for both curfew and staying drug and alcohol-free. Kids need to have some plans for the week. Stretches of downtime are needed, but too much can lead to poor choices. Insist that your kids keep you informed of their whereabouts.


  • Take inventory of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs in your home. Consider locking it in a file cabinet or other locking cabinet.
  • Know your child’s agenda for the week. You should name at least two of your child’s friends and the best way to reach them.
  • Have an honest conversation with your child about your expectations for spring break, especially if they are traveling without you.
  • Ask a responsible adult to stay at your home with your child (or at least check in periodically) if you’re out of town.

Spring break is one week a year. Unfortunately, an unhealthy choice could last a lifetime.

Officer Lauren Maldonado
Deerfield Police Officer & Student Resource Officer for District 109

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