200 Chicago Public Schools to Receive Security Cameras Linked to Police

CHICAGO – Mayor Richard M. Daley announced on Mar. 6 a plan to have 4,500 security cameras installed in 200 Chicago public schools.

The cameras will be linked to emergency and police responders, Daley said. Currently, only school officials are able to access the real-time video offered by the surveillance cameras.

Arne Duncan, the CEO for public schools, said he would like cameras in every school to be linked to police. He added that security cameras reduced violent crimes on campuses 30 percent without the police link.

The cameras, which cost the city $418,000, were paid with homeland security funds from the federal government.

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