CBS 2’s Lauren Victory has the story.
The group gathered for a news conference in front of CPS headquarters thinks school resource officers should be removed from schools altogether.
“What we found out very quickly was that there was really no structure in place” said Deputy Inspector General Joseph Lipari.
220 school resource officers, also called SROs, are in 75 of Chicago’s public schools to keep kids safe. But Chicago’s deputy inspector general for public safety Joseph Lipari said he was surprised to find that neither CPS nor Chicago Police have an official agreement that lays out what exactly the officers can and cannot do.
There are also no hiring guidelines or no specialized training for SROs. They are hand-picked by district leaders. The officers who walk the school hallways know police policies and CPS rules, but need to learn more about dealing with kids.
“Such as crisis intervention training specifically for youth, desecalation training,” said Lipari.
Future IG reports could look into school resource officer misconduct.
CPS tells CBS 2 it supports many of the changes suggested in the report and it cut the number of schools police resource officers over the past five years.