The Fountain Inn Police Department has been awarded $177,575 in funding for a school resource officer (SRO) for Fountain Inn Elementary. This development promises to provide a safer learning environment for students and peace of mind for parents and faculty alike.
This funding enables the Fountain Inn Police Department to assign a dedicated officer to Fountain Inn Elementary, significantly enhancing the school's safety measures. The appointed SRO will serve as a key resource for students, parents, and staff, working proactively to maintain a secure learning environment. The presence of a School Resource Officer goes beyond security concerns. The SRO will actively engage with students, building trust and providing guidance, mentorship, and educational support.
This grant comes from the South Carolina School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. The goal of the program is to put SROs in all South Carolina schools. Funds are used to hire certified law enforcement officers to serve as SROs. Grants cover one hundred percent of costs including salary, benefits, equipment, vehicles, and more. This grant spans one year but is expected to be awarded annually.