Virginia Offers Money For School Resource Officers

Governor Northam Says There's State Cash For School Resource Officers

July 24, 2018 - 12:09 pm

RICHMOND (WRVA) — Governor Ralph Northam has announced  that localities can apply for an additional $1.3 million in School Resource Officer Incentive Grants. The Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety, housed within Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), has released a grant solicitation for localities to apply for a one-time, twelve-month grant to fund school resource officer (SRO) and school security officer (SSO) positions.

“Ensuring the safety of Virginians, especially of our youth, is a core function of government. It is important that we take sensible approaches to increasing security,” said Governor Northam. “Our SROs and SSOs play a vital role in protecting our children and enhancing school climates and I am pleased that we will be able to provide additional support for our localities with these funds.”

In addition to making these funds available earlier than usual, DCJS has modified the School Resource Officer Incentive Grant requirements. The maximum amount of funding for School Resource Officer positions has been increased from $50,000 to $70,000 and the maximum amount of funding for School Security Officer positions has been increased from $22,000 to $35,000. Furthermore, localities will now be able to provide in-kind services to meet the composite match requirement of the grant. These changes will make grant funds more accessible to localities that may currently be struggling to fund SRO/SSO positions.