DD2 transitioning to internal security force, cuts SROs out

DD2 transitioning to internal security force, cuts SROs out

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester District 2 will soon be rolling out a new security system for its schools.

DD2 will be hiring its own internal security officers to start in the schools this coming fall.

The district is choosing not to use school resource officers, known as SROs, from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office and Summerville Police Department.

Seven SROs come from the sheriff's office, while six work for the police department.

A DD2 official says switching to an internal force is a move the school board has been considering for several years.

A district spokesperson says an internal security force will be more cost effective for the school district.

They're also hoping to hire enough so that they can have a security officer in each school.

As it's been, if the SROs are needed in an area emergency, they leave the school. The internal security staff would stay on school campus for the entire school day.

The district will be looking for people with law enforcement backgrounds, possibly retired police officers. However, they want to hear from their students' parents about other suggestions for the new program.

School board members will meet at the district headquarters in Summerville Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and take part in the conversation.

As for the SROs who won't be returning to the schools, officials from the sheriff's office and police department say they'll be moved into other positions within their agencies.

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