Georgetown superintendent wants to put officers in all schools

Georgetown County School District wants increased security at their elementary schools (John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Sonya

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) -- After the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., elementary schools all across the country have been stepping up security, including in the Lowcountry.

Georgetown County now wants to have more of a police presence in their elementary schools. Safety is the number one concern for Georgetown County Superintendent Randy Dozier.

"There are very few things that worry me or keep me up but the safety of our students, safety of our employees, safety of our parents, ultimately really cause me a lot of concern and I want to do everything we could," said Randy Dozier, the Georgetown County Superintendent.

That is why he wants to have officers present in all schools for the rest of the year.

The school district currently has eight full-time officers, but would use off-duty officers to help staff the other schools.

"These aren't technically school resource officers because they are actually assigned to patrol duty or investigative duties, they are supplementing security at the school," said Capt. Nelson Brown with the{}Georgetown Police Department.

The officers would work on their days off and would get paid by the school district for their time.

"We work hand in hand with the sheriff's office," said Brown. "If for some reason we don't have enough bodies to fill the slots, we will contact the sheriff's office and they would send some folks over and vice versa."

Brown said he feels that the school district is excellent with security and that both agencies are on the same page.

"I think interaction between law enforcement and the school district is paramount to make it a safer environment and I think we do a good job at it," said Brown.

Dozier says that most of the board has been supportive so far, but his official proposal will go before the school board Tuesday night.

The money to pay the extra officers will come out of the district's reserve fund. Superintendent Dozier hopes to add that money to the budget in the future.