Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to vote on an intergovernmental agreement with Evanston Township High School regarding the use of body-worn cameras by police in the school.

The ETHS board approved the agreement on a 6-1 vote earlier this month.

The agreement is designed to comply with state law that requires officers to activate their cameras in certain situations.

But it declares that police working as school resource officers are performing “a community caretaking function” that doesn’t call for camera activiation when they’re in the school, unless the officer “has reason to believe that a crime has been, or is in the process of being, committed” or if the officer “is in a hostile situation or perceives that a complaint will be raised.”

The agreement also requires officers to promptly notify the school principal if they turn on their body cameras during the school day.

It specifies that recordings from the cameras will be considered law enforcement records rather than educational records, with their disclosure governed by the relevant regulations.

Two city police officers are regularly assigned as school resource officers at ETHS.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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