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Chief Lovett asks City Council for $7M

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

It's day two of budget planning for Savannah City Council. Council members are planning a proposed budget for next year, which may include funding to hire 60 new police officers.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett wants to hire officers to help curb teen crime and violence after seven people were shot at the Coastal Empire Fair last weekend.

Lovett went before the City Council on Thursday asking for funds to hire the officers, which would include five juvenile officers and a drug squad.

The chief said the officers would play a vital role in keeping juveniles off the streets and out of trouble.

"Juvenile officers can communicate with the youth and give them some direction, and teach them things they may not be getting at home," he said.

The city and law enforcement are also encouraging the community to get involved by offering after school activities and mentorships to teens.

Lovett is asking for $7 million in funding but he doesn't expect to get that much.

The council has until mid December to approve a final budget.

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