Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday announced reforms to the controversial program that places Chicago Police Department officers in the city’s schools, adding more specific commitments around training, oversight and student involvement.
As the district’s current $33 million agreement with CPD expires this month, the Board of Education is expected to vote on a new police contract reflecting the changes on Aug. 26.
The reforms call for CPD computer terminals to be removed from schools and will restrict school officers’ access to the “criminal enterprise information system,” the latest iteration of the gang database. School officers will be explicitly prohibited from entering student information into the system, said CPS chief of safety and security Jadine Chou.
Also, complaints against school officers will be reviewed by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, a measure CPS officials said will also ensure they are tracked.