Horry County Police could lose a few officers after Horry County Schools refused to meet Horry County’s demands to pay more than a $1 million in new costs to pay for school resource officers.
In a statement, Horry County police Chief Joe Hill said he was disappointed in the school board’s decision but would use the officers to strengthen crime-fighting efforts.
They will get $590,000 less from Horry County Schools than they would have gotten had they agreed to a 50-50 split.
Joe DeFeo, Horry County school board chairman
“These officers are passionate about their role in the schools and I expect to lose a few as a result of this decision,” said Hill.
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Talks with Horry County stalled after the county insisted on more than $1.6 million from the school district to provide SROs. The Horry County school board voted Monday to use private security instead of Horry County police.
These officers are passionate about their role in the schools and I expect to lose a few as a result of this decision.
Joe Hill, Horry County police chief
“They will get $590,000 less from Horry County Schools than they would have gotten had they agreed to a 50-50 split,” said school board Chairman Joe DeFeo, referencing a previous agreement in which the school district and county split the cost of the officer’s salaries.
“I would expect they would lose a few officers because of this decision that they made to charge us 85 percent,” he said.
Hill said the police department will still work to protect schools.
“We take their safety and security seriously and will redesign our response plan to a school event working with the new security,” he said.
Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus could not be reached for comment.