Officials from the Chicago public schools and the city’s police department plan to work closely with the juvenile-justice system to prevent youth violence. Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis says prevention is hard to measure, but that police will focus their efforts on hot spots around the city.
Mr. Weis says police have prevented three shootings so far this school year. He says while police often can’t stop the first act of violence, they usually can stop the second one.
Ron Huberman, the chief executive officer of the school system, says the districts 2,000 security guards will be trained to work more closely with students to try to prevent violence.
A version of this article appeared in the November 04, 2009 edition of Education Week as Chicago Schools, Police Department Pledge to Work Against Violence