D202 Artwork of a high school teacher on display at the police department

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PLAINFIELD, IL — A teacher at Plainfield School District 202 for 13 years, Lindsey Brown was asked before the pandemic to create a mural that depicts the history of the Plainfield Police Department.

Now a three-panel mural is on display in the lobby of the department’s Branch Court, 14300 S. Coil Drive. The mural, painted in varying shades of red, blue and yellow, replaces a 96-square-foot mural by Plainfield Central High School Dean Tod Schnowske that was installed in 2012.

Brown, an art teacher at Plainfield Central, was approached by Plainfield Police Sgt. Colin Mulacek, who oversees all school resources and DARE officers in District 202, about creating a police-themed mural.

“[He] gave me some old photos to use and from there I made the three-panel illustration,” she said in a statement.

According to Tom Hernandez, director of community relations for the district, Police Chief John Konopek wanted the artwork to represent the department’s history. For Mulacek, the artist did just that.

“[She] tied old patches into the whole thing, she did a good job,” Mulacek said in a statement.

By being exhibited in a public place, Brown said her work on display shows students a real application of the art.

The artwork not only highlights the high school’s art department, but it also shows the “exceptional” relationship between Disitrct 202 and the police department, according to Mulacek.

The police department isn’t the only place Brown’s works are featured. His work also hangs in the Plainfield Central baseball dugout and on the walls of the school’s staff lounge.

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