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Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve a grant-funded contract to license software designed to benchmark the performance of the city’s police officers.

The software, from Benchmark Analytics is described as an early intervention system for monitoring police behavior.

The software was developed at the University of Chicago and builds on research conducted at the university’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy.

The first three years of the city’s use of the software is being funded by a grant from the Joyce Foundation. If the city decides to continue using the software beyond that, it will pay a fee that starts at $25,000 a year.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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