What is the difference between a School Resource Officer (SRO) and a School Security Officer (SSO)?
A SRO is a full-time law enforcement officer employed by a local police department or Sheriff’s Office. SROs are assigned to a school and fulfill the roles of a law enforcement officer, informal counselor/mediator, and law-related educator. SROs are armed and possess arrest authority.
A SSO is a full-time security officer employed by CCSD’s security contractor. SSOs are licensed by the State of South Carolina, and they carry a firearm and possess arrest authority on CCSD property. Their primary responsibility on campus is the physical protection of the school.