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Grant to Provide Resource Officers to 24 Va. Schools

AP Photo / Jim Mone

AP Photo / Jim Mone

June 14, 2013

Governor Bob McDonnell announced Monday that twenty-four Virginia cities and counties will soon be able to provide school resource officers (SROs) in schools where none are currently assigned, thanks to grants just approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board.

Funding for the grants comes from a $1.3 million appropriation requested by Governor McDonnell and approved by the General Assembly earlier this year. The recommendation was one of a series of recommendations from the Governor’s Taskforce on School and Campus Safety, convened after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Speaking about the announcement, Governor McDonnell remarked, “This is a vital part of our efforts to do everything we can to assure safe and secure schools for every Virginia student. We must continue to make it a priority to protect our children and those who have taken on the responsibility of caring for them while they are in the classrooms.”

The SRO grants approved by the Board will provide funding for the salaries and benefits for school resource officers in 42 elementary, middle and high schools around the state that do not currently have an officer assigned there. Localities receiving grants will provide matching funds, with the amounts based on the Department of Education’s Composite Index of Local Ability-to-Pay.

A complete list of localities receiving awards can be found below:
- Amelia, Elementary
- City of Bristol, Elementary
- City of Buena Vista, High
- Charles City, High
- City of Colonial Heights, Elementary
- Grayson, Middle
- Grayson, Combine Elementary and Middle
- Isle of Wight, Elementary
- Madison, Middle
- City of Martinsville, Elementary
- Montgomery, Elementary
- New Kent, Elementary
- City of Newport News, Middle
- Page, Elementary and Middle
- Pittsylvania ,Middle
- Prince George, Elementary
- Pulaski, Middle
- Richmond County, High
- Richmond County, Elementary
- Rockbridge, Middle
- Russell, Elementary
- Smyth, Tech Center
- Smyth, Middle
- Stafford, Middle
- Surry, Middle
- Town of Tazewell, Middle and High
- Warren, Elementary

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