Fewer police officers to be deployed at Chicago public schools

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Thirty-one Chicago public high schools have reportedly opted to remove one or both police officers assigned to those schools.

A year after “Defund the Police” demonstrations, the local school councils at 24 high schools have decided to remove one of their two officers, and seven schools have voted to remove both Chicago Police officers.

The Sun-Times reports that the high schools’ decision diverts about $2 million from policing to alternative programs — “new positions such as a dean of restorative justice or a culture coordinator.”

Almost 50 high schools will still have a police officer on duty.

But the total number of officers in schools has fallen to 74 - from 146 - in two years.