SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) — A South Carolina elementary school has added a police substation at no cost to taxpayers.
WSPA-TV reports that a community service officer will be stationed at Plain Elementary School in Simpsonville, S.C., and patrol the school’s halls throughout the day. The move was in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people, including 20 children.
“We’re looking to help and foster relationships with the community,” Community Service Officer Justin Chandler told WSPA.
Jennifer Dow says the idea came about during a meeting with volunteer parents.
“We always hope nothing in Connecticut would happen here,” Dow told WSPA. “But to have that reassurance that there’s an officer right there in the office as soon as you walk in, it just gives you such a level of safety.”
The move is not costing taxpayers a dime because Chandler is a police officer who is now working inside the school, rather than the school having to spend money on a resource officer.
Dow urges other school districts to do this to keep students safe.
“Pick up the phone, call your local police department and see if they would be willing to do this,” Dow told WSPA. “It’s easy for everyone—an easy solution to this problem.”