Matt Farris

It was announced last week that 87 grants totaling more than $3.47 million have been awarded to 53 localities throughout Virginia. This funding will enable local law enforcement agencies to fund new School Resource Officer (SRO) and School Security Officer (SSO) positions at K-12 public schools. The grants were awarded by the Criminal Justice Services Board at their May 9 meeting as well as the Executive Committee, on behalf of the Board, at a special meeting.

Funding for the grants came from the state-funded School Resource Officer/School Security Officer Incentive Grant Program. Earlier this year, Governor Northam approved the General Assembly’s amendment to add an additional $3 million for this program to increase the number of schools in the Commonwealth with SROs or SSOs.

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