Mundelein police officer aims to reach students
Mundelein Police Officer Brian Kisselburg walks down the hallway at Mundelein High School on Aug. 20. He is the new liaison officer at the school this year. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
MUNDELEIN — Brian Kisselburg is Mundelein High School’s new police liaison officer, and his appointment appears to be a perfect fit.
Kisselburg has served his entire career with the Mundelein Police Department as its juvenile officer. Until recently, he also was the coordinator of the local Citizen Police Academy, which gives residents a peek into being a police officer followed by some hands-on experience. The course is often attended by high school students.
Kisselburg said he likes working with children and young adults. Through his work, he aims to set a good example for them.
As the school’s police liaison, Kisselburg will not only serve as a security presence at the school, but he’ll also be there to serve as a counselor for students and staff, conduct investigations, give presentations, provide social services information to students and parents, and represent the department in a positive light.
“I’m a good communicator,” he said. I like working with the kids, getting parents involved.”
Kisselburg added that making sure parents are informed about what kids are doing is an important part of the job. Parents are a necessary part of the equation for maintaining a healthy and safe school environment, he explained.
“Any problems, comments, questions they have, feel free to call me at my office in the school or at the police station or email me,” he said, aiming his comments toward the school community.
For Kisselburg, this isn’t just another assignment for a police officer. He wanted the job.
Any interested officer was required to write a letter of intent and interview with high-ranking officials in the department and with the school administrators.
“I wanted to do something extra, something different,” he said. “I’ve always liked working with juveniles as well as adults. They’re at a point in their life where they can go either way with their life. You can make good choices; bad choices. With mentoring and guidance, taking the right steps can lead students to become good members of the community.”
Kisselburg wants the student body to know he’s approachable, and that he’s just like any other guy in his early 30s.
He’s a father of two kids and he likes to exercise, including half marathons and 5-kilometer races when he has time.
“I do like spending time with my family. They’re first and foremost,” he added. “But working takes up most of my time.”