Effective July 1, 2021, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) was charged with the responsibility of the administration of state funds to be utilized by the department for the purpose of hiring certified law enforcement officers to serve as a school resource officer (SRO) for school districts that otherwise would lack the adequate resources to hire their own SROs. SCDPS’s Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP) will serve as the division that directly administers the SRO Program.
SCDPS assumed this responsibility as the result of Proviso 63.9 of the 2021-2022 State Appropriations Act, which transferred funds appropriated for the School Safety Program and School Resource Officers in the Act from the South Carolina Department of Education to SCDPS.
Please note the following:
Funding for existing state-funded SROs:
Per the proviso, districts must apply for funding through SCDPS/OHSJP. Participating School District Superintendents were emailed a link to the STATE-FUNDED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER 2021-2022 CONTINUATION APPLICATION on August 9, 2021. While the district is responsible for submitting the application, it includes a budget component that must be completed by the participating law enforcement agency. If a district did not receive the link, please email SROprogram@scdps.gov.
Funding for new state-funded SROs, training, and equipment:
In the near future, the OHSJP will solicit applications for new SROs, training, and equipment (for both new and existing state-funded SROs). All School District Superintendents will be notified upon release of the application.