Byrne JAG funds support three School Resource Officers (SROs) located in middle and high schools in Lexington County, Richland County, and the Town of Ninety-Six. SROs maintain a safe and secure environment on the school campus to foster an educationally stimulating atmosphere and help prevent criminal activities and disturbances. Positive attitudes towards law enforcement are promoted and students are informed of their rights and responsibilities as lawful citizens. "The School Resource Officer is a part of a joint effort by the schools and police departments statewide and nationwide to provide a safe outreach for students and parents. The School Resource Officer is posted in the high school and works directly with teachers and students to develop a strong community relationship, as well as provide a positive foundation and guidance for the student body. The SRO program combines the goals and outreach of the SRO, School Administrators, Teachers, School Board Members, Community Leaders and PTOs, as well as educational programs such as Drug Awareness programs."
State Agency Administrator: South Carolina Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs
Campus; Policing; Juveniles; School Safety