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Peoria Public Schools end contract with city officers, reassignment expected

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Peoria Public Schools is ending a contract with the Peoria Police Department, ultimately reassigning three officers that worked in high schools.

Peoria Public Schools paid $200,000 for the contract that had officers working at Manual High, Richwoods High and Peoria High, according to Thomas Bruch with Peoria Public Schools.

Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says PPS made the decision, and while the officers won't be working in schools, Peoria Police will be ready to assist if needed.

The school security resource officers will stay within schools.

A spokesperson with PPS says this change has nothing to do with the nationwide calls to remove officers from schools, and this has been in the works for several years. Thomas Bruch with Peoria Public Schools says this isn't final.

Jenise Rebholz

Evening Anchor, Heart of Illinois ABC
@JeniseRebholzTV

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