Ill. District Gives Police Access to School Surveillance Cameras

AURORA, Ill. — The West Aurora School District has tapped the Aurora Police Department to monitor surveillance footage at all its elementary schools.

In early July, district officials voted to spend $137,000 to purchase and install surveillance cameras at 10 elementary schools, as well as the Hope D. Wall School and Todd Early Childhood Center, Beacon News reports. The project will take an estimated three months to complete.

The schools will have from five to 15 security cameras based on a survey of the building’s layout, as well as feedback from school officials on what needs monitoring. Later this month, APD will begin its rapid response drills at West Aurora. The department plans to incorporate school security cameras into the training.

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