SC is assigning 205 more school resource officers. Here’s how it will work out in Upstate – Greenville News

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South Carolina is one step closer to having a school resource officer in every school.

The state Department of Education announced Thursdaythat it has received funding from the Legislature to pay for 205 officers in districts across the state.

A spokesperson for the department said every district, including the South Carolina Public Charter School District and the Charter Institute at Erskine, received funding for between one and four officers depending on the need.

Once those officers are in place, the state will have fewer than 300 schools without a full-time officer, though spokesperson Ryan Brown said that number is misleading because it includes elementary and middle schools that share a building. Brown said about half of the remaining schools have a part-time officer.

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The remaining schools also includeelementary schools in Greenville County Schools, where the district does not intend on stationing full-time officers because the district uses a zone patrol model. For zone patrols, the district pays off-duty officers employed by local law enforcement to regularly patrol two to three schools at random times.

The Greenville County school district is in the process of determining where it will assign its new officers.

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