Greenville Police will add three additional school resource officers

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenville City Council has unanimously approved the first reading of an order this will earmark $522,708 for the state-funded school resource program on Monday night.

Governor Henry McMaster wants every school in South Carolina to have a resource officer.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Traffic Safety and Justice awarded the Greenville Police Department a grant of $482,916. The City will allocate approximately $40,000 to cover the difference.

This funding will make it possible to hire three additional SROs.

“It covers the start-up year, which covers all the officers’ equipment, the car, the computers, every piece of equipment they carry, and then the first year’s salary,” the police chief said. , Howie Thompson. “We will re-apply for this as soon as it becomes available.”

Officers would be placed at the Sullivan Center, West Greenville School and Sterling School.

GPD currently has nine SROs in the force.

“Having an ORS on campus alleviates the fear of teachers and parents. They like to know that there is an officer on hand on this campus who can resolve any issues that arise during day-to-day operations,” he said.

The ordinance will be submitted to the city council for a second and final reading.

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