CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Returning schoolchildren aren't the only ones enduring a "first day." Nineteen officers with the Charleston Police Department are also beginning their positions on the newly formed School Security Response Team.
The officers will provide comprehensive security measures at 35 Charleston County School district campuses, Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen says. Responsibilities include canvassing school perimeters and ensuring security protocols are met.
Officer Mark Rosborg says he joined the team partly because of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last year.
"The place is supposed to be a place of learning and innocence and fun and now you've got to go make sure that's protected from any kind of threat posed against it," Officer Rosborg says.
The officers will assume their team responsibilities on a full-time basis.