Gov. McDonnell announces new school resource officers

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Richmond, Va. – Twenty-four Virginia cities and counties will be able to add school resource officers in schools where none are currently assigned, Governor Bob McDonnell announced Monday.

This includes elementary schools in Isle of Wight and middle schools in Newport News and Surry.

They will be funded by grants originating from a $1.3 million appropriation requested by the governor and approved by the General Assembly earlier this year.

In total, 37 localities across the Commonwealth submitted applications in response to the solicitation that was issued earlier this spring by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).  They requested more than $2.6 million in funding for 83 SROs.