Controversy over police presence in Manual, Richwoods and Central
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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -
The Peoria City Council meeting had and eventful night yesterday. Another topic for the night was approving the contract that provides police officers at Peoria Public Schools.
Those schools in question are Manual, Richwoods and Central; all have police officers on school ground since 2014.This is addition to their unarmed security officers.
The council extended the agreement for the coming school year, but not everyone was happy about it. That included Council Member Chuck Grayeb, who says Peoria Public Schools is relying to heavily on police and not doing enough on their end.
"They're called to a school to break up a violent fight, and arrests are made, then those children are right back in the schools the very next day," Grayeb said. "I love the Peoria Police, but they shouldn't be the number one agents to ensure discipline in the schools."
Shannon Marlin, Director of Student Affairs, "Absolutely not. I mean, our officers are helping with interventions, but it starts in the classroom and the staff in our school buildings." she said.
The Director of Student Affairs says overall disciplinary numbers are down and that school suspensions and overall calls to police are also lower now in Peoria Public Schools.