What is the difference between a School Resource Officer (SRO) and a School Security Officer (SSO)?

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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.