Springfield council session to discuss police, school district agreement
The Springfield, Illinois City Council will be considering ordinances requested by the police department, including an agreement with the local school district, during a Committee of the Whole session on Tuesday, March 22.
One of these is an intergovernmental agreement between the department, the Springfield School District and the Sangamon County Central Dispatch System that would allow access to security camera information and footage in cases of emergency. The primary use of this agreement would be to utilize surveillance in order to best handle an emergency situation, which includes situations where students or staff are at risk due to a threat.
In non-emergency situations the accessibility of video would be determined in line with the Illinois School District Records Act. As a part of this agreement, the district will receive a list of staff from the department and county dispatch division that would be granted access and both parties would produce monthly reports that indicates all times that surveillance footage was accessed by law enforcement. This agreement also includes a termination clause held by the district.
The council will also consider an ordinance to allow bicycles in police possession to be considered surplus property to be donated to nonprofit organizations.