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Unarmed police officers to return to Baltimore City Schools

Posted at 12:10 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 12:10:03-04

The Baltimore Board of Education plans to increase police presence in public schools for the upcoming school year.

A new deployment plan would permanently assign unarmed officers to schools during the normal school day. The plan would increase the number of unarmed officer school sites from seven to 37.

Another 28 officers without assigned positions would patrol other schools and communities. 

Officials hope the proposed school-based deployment will foster new relationships between officers, students and administrators. School officials said it would provide opportunities for interactions such as mentoring, life coaching and outreach efforts.

Schools were selected for the officer deployment based on school enrollment, history of criminal incidents, input from school administrators and other criteria.

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