Roanoke County School Board Approves Funding for Six New Student Resource Officers

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) — Near the end of the Roanoke County School Board meeting Thursday night, the board approved the allocation of $180,000 from the staff budget to help recruit six new resource officers for students in elementary schools in Roanoke County.

“Having armed and trained School Resource Officers certified by law enforcement in our schools is an indispensable part of school safety and security,” said RCPS Superintendent Dr. Ken Nicely.

Dr. Nicely said the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office has offered to fund equipment and hire and train four part-time SRO deputies to supplement existing SRO police officers and SRO sheriff’s deputies. He said the RCSO would be reimbursed for the cost of salaries and that he is willing to hire and train two additional SRO deputies as long as they are also reimbursed for the costs of equipment and the salaries of these two people.

Dr. Nicely also said the Roanoke County School Board will ask the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to take responsibility for this funding as a public safety need.

“As a former SRO and as well as Sheriff Orange as SRO, we understand the importance of having people in our buildings to keep our child safe. It’s one of my top priorities as a parent, that we provide a safe environment for everyone,” said Brent Hudson, Roanoke County School Board Vice Chairman.

Dr. Nicely said this will advance RCPS’s end goal of having an ORS in every school in Roanoke County.

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