CPS Schools Get Video Cameras

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Friday, Dec 18, 2009  |  Updated 7:18 PM CDT
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CPS Schools Get Video Cameras

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Forty of Chicago’s public high schools are set to get security cameras to help monitor potentially hazardous activity, the city announced today.

Mayor Daley touted the forthcoming installation of 90 cameras in 40 schools as a success for the CPS.

"They're not just turned on when students go to and from school," said Daley, who said the cameras will be installed outside the high schools, and that both the police and Office of Emergency Management can access the video feeds.  "It's a prevention tool, it's amazing what the cameras can do."

The program's funded with a $2.25 million donation from Chase Bank.

Video has played a key role in investigating recent teen violence, including the beating death of Derrion Albert. An amateur video led to the capture of Albert's alleged killers.

Fenger is one of the schools that will receive cameras.

Investigators are also seeking a video that may have captured a recent incident in Evanston in which several Evanston Township High School Students allegedly dragged a New Trier student from his car and beat him after a game.

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