Hilton Head Island

Sheriff: Hilton Head could add special unit to police pockets of crime

But some on council have misgivings about price tag

bheffernan@islandpacket.comJune 6, 2013 

A picture of Khalil Singleton taken in 2011 provided by the family.

SARAH WELLIVER

Hilton Head Island Town Council might consider adding a five-officer special enforcement unit to police the island's pockets of crime.

However, council is uncertain if there is enough money to pay for the unit -- $737,000, annually -- or time to vet the measure before passing a budget later this month.

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner suggested the unit at a town budget workshop last week. He was responding to Councilman Bill Harkins, who asked what the town could do to help reduce crime on the island.

The idea was originally broached in response to last fall's shooting of 8-year-old Khalil Singleton, who was caught in crossfire as he played in the front yard of his grandmother's Hilton Head Island home.

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