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City may pay for police officers in Elementary schools

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

More security could be coming to Charlotte Mecklenburg elementary schools. Charlotte Mayor ProTem Patrick Cannon has asked CMS superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison to crunch some numbers.

Cannon wants to know what it would take to place an officer in CMS' nearly 90 elementary schools.

The request comes as the nation is still dealing with the shooting deaths at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.

"We want to be considerate," Cannon said. "And look at everything across the board. And if we can be a vessel in terms of trying to help prevent instances like in Newtown happen here locally, we ought to be about that program and or that process."

Cannon hopes CMS officials come back with some figures soon. Those figures will then be handed to the city's budget committee as they discuss next year's budget.

"This is a time where we can band together," Cannon said. "If we can band together."

It costs about $90,000 a year to pay for a CMPD officer to patrol a school. Parents say having an officer in elementary schools would be an extra layer of security they wouldn't mind.

"Just in case something happens," Dilworth Elementary parent Louwen Somera said. "Even if that is one person, that one person might be able to make a difference."

The city says it's too soon to know if council members will have a surplus to help pay for the extra manpower. But it appears if money is found council members may not have a problem spending it on CMS.

"I thought there might be some resistance to it," Cannon said. "But when I concluded making the request, there was not a single person on the city council nor the mayor who found themselves in opposition to my request."

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