Hamilton County Commissioners today accepted a federal police grant that will add eight school resource officers to the county's police force over the next four years.
The $1 million grant would pay the salaries for the eight officers for the first three years of the grant, but the county would foot the bill for their fourth year of service -- and any subsequent years.
Sheriff Jim Hammond said the officers would first staff schools that have lost officers over the years, and then they would go to the schools that have "had the most problems."
Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...