Police in Chicago Public Schools are nothing new. Mayor Richard M. Daley first introduced them in 1990, as special school patrols. Over the years, their role has changed a bit, as cops now seem to approach their role in schools the way they would any other beat. And that could be problematic when dealing with children and in an educational environment.
After several months of investigating, City Bureau and the Chicago Reader found no specialized training for school police, and little in the way of oversight from either the Chicago Police Department or CPS. Morning Shift talks to Yana Kunichoff, reporter for City Bureau, about her findings.