GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County School System is spending more than $300,000 to keep six Greenville Police officers in schools after a grant expired.
School security specialist Jeff Hudson said the school system originally paid for six police officers in schools within Greenville city limits through a grant.
The county considered it a good investment to continue funding the officers.
“When we have those officers in these schools, our parents and our students feel more at ease,” Hudson said. “As we move forward, we’re going to see the need to increase the number of SROs [school resource officers] that we do have.”
Hudson said the school system would need an additional $2 million to fund more positions which he said it can’t afford.
Mykeedra Goode said it’s good to pay for SROs especially as her niece prepares to start school.
“It’s needed to protect the young ones from any harm that’s outside the school buildings,” she said.
Hudson said the county’s looking at other grants to fund more positions.