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Council members vote in favor of placing officers in elementary schools

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By Courtney Clark

As the debate over police officers in schools heats up, a resolution involving officers in elementary schools topped Thursday night's North Charleston City Council meeting agenda.

Every year an agreement is made with the school district to place resource officers in middle and high schools.

Council members voted Thursday on a modification to add elementary schools.

The resolution has been approved in committee and was approved Thursday by council, along with the purchase of 20 additional Chevy Tahoe police vehicles to be used by the officers.

"We have had to make a few arrests in high schools," said Mayor Keith Summey, "but you are dealing with kids that are above the age of 16. This is dealing with small children. They're there to become friends with these kids. We want to do some summer programs with kids that are at risk, things of that nature, using these resource officers."

Also on the agenda was the sale of the former Navy Hospital.

Authority was given to the mayor to sell the property once the due diligence phase is up and the building has been deemed sound.

As far as what will be done with the money, Summey said most will go towards reimbursing the city for funds that have already been spent on purchasing the hospital (approximately $2-million) and Shipwatch Square, which was purchased a couple of years ago. Around $4-million was spent on the Shipwatch Square project.

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