NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston City Council members voted Thursday to move forward with plans to place police officers in all North Charleston elementary schools.
Council decided to vote ahead of a decision by the Charleston County School Board, which is expected to come next Monday.
Mayor Keith Summey said,"I think we need to set the example by moving forward we expect the school district to do the same."
Summey estimates the cost of hiring the new officers will be $2 million the first year, with the cost dropping to $1.5 million the following year.
Council also approved the purchase of 20 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit vehicles to be used by the newly-designated school resource officers at elementary schools.
According to the council, Crews Chevrolet has offered to sell the pursuit vehicles to the city at a cost of $27,222.35 each and to deliver the SUVs within six to eight weeks.