School and Police Information Alliance in the works in Sugar Grove
by David Woehrle
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove interim Police Chief Ronald Moser on Tuesday informed the Village Board that an intergovernmental agreement is in the works between the Police Department and Kaneland School District 302.
“The Kaneland School District will enter in a reporting agreement with the Police Department,” Moser said. “If we proceed, then there are guidelines. In summary, it helps the School District provide the Police Department of criminal activity of students. Also, we inform the School District of such matters if we feel it would help.”
Moser pointed out that the deal is not final. Village attorney Steve Andersson is currently reviewing the language of the agreement and collaborating with Kaneland school officials.
Village trustee Robert Bohler raised questions about specific guidelines.
“Will every little violation of a juvenile be discussed, such as local ordinance violations?” he asked.
Moser said the guidelines clearly state that if the matter is not a threat to the school or community, then the information is not disclosed.
“This measure is only to inform police and school officials of any vandalism, gang activity, violence or drug activity,” Moser said.
Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said more clarification would be needed to move forward in any substanstial way.
“It’s my understanding that the Kaneland rules in extracurricular activities, in sports and other matters, are quite strict,” he said. “If a student is caught with a cigarette or a beer one night, will it take away from their future endeavors?”
Bohler agreed with that concern, claiming that a student’s permanent record shouldn’t be gambled with on minor offenses.
Village trustee Kevin Geary also voiced his concern with the pending agreement.
“It shouldn’t be a matter of mere tattle-telling. It should be about safety and only that,” he said.
Andersson then clarified the mission of the deal.
“This is not designed for getting students in trouble, or ruining futures. It’s about two entities, the school and the police department—the good guys—having a clear, concise conversation on dangerous crime,” Andersson said. “Most of it won’t be recorded. We will have professionals using good judgment.”
The proposal will be finalized and officially brought to the board sometime within the next month.