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Greenwood School District 50 will soon have resource officers in all of its schools, thanks to recently approved state funding.

District Security Director Natalie Talbert told the district administration board on Monday evening that the district has requested funding for 10 officers from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

She planned to get four approved, but the state approved all 10.

Ten more resource officers would cover all schools in the district, she said Monday.

“The hard work starts now because we want to make sure that we are putting the right people in our schools to interact with our children,” Talbert said Tuesday.

Talbert said the funding comes from the efforts of Governor Henry McMaster and the state legislature to ensure that there is a resource manager at every school in the state.

She told council there were three officers who started as soon as things were done on the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office side.

“We need to have seven more and we hope to have them in our schools around January when the funding arrives, so I have a lot of work to do and we are not going to stop until we have officers from the schools. school resources. in all of our schools, ”said Talbert.

Resource officers apply through the sheriff’s office before going to schools.

“It’s a huge win for Greenwood School District 50 to be able to have this funding,” Talbert said Tuesday.

“It’s a huge victory for us. I can tell you that we have been working hand in hand with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office to try to make this happen and Sheriff (Dennis) Kelly has been really at the forefront in helping us make it happen. .

Contact editor Lindsey Hodges at 864-943-5644 or on Twitter @LindseyNHodges.

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