Grants to fund SRO, SSO positions in schools announced

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Three local sheriff's offices are getting grants to help fund new school resource officers or school security officers at public K-12 schools.

Governor Ralph Northam announced 87 grants totaling more than $3.47 million for 53 localities across Virginia on Thursday.

“It is paramount that we continue to make smart investments to keep Virginia schools safe and to create supportive learning environments for our students,” said Northam. “The school resource officers and school security officers hired through these grants not only make our schools safer, but also enhance our communities by building strong positive relationships with students, faculty and parents.”

According to a release, the funding for the grants came from the state-funded School Resource Officer/School Security Officer Incentive Grant Program.

Earlier this year, Northam approved an amendment from the General Assembly that added an additional $3 million for the program in order to increase the number of schools in Virginia with such officers.

In total, 91 grant applications were submitted, requesting more than $3 million. The grants that were approved will fund 77 SROs and 10 SSOs in 45 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 31 high schools across the Commonwealth.

Secretary of Education Atif Qarni says this will increase the number of SROs in Virginia schools by ten percent.

The Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office is getting $42,616, Madison County's Sheriff's Office will receive a $34,017 grant, and the Nelson County Sheriff's Office will get $30,654.

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