Pittsylvania County will receive 10 new school resource officers to increase safety

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 11:21 PM EST
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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Pittsylvania County Schools will soon have double the number of school resource officers it currently has.

Pittsylvania County recently received a $475,000 grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The grant will allow the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office to hire and train 10 new school resource officers.

There are currently eight SROs who work across 21 schools in the county.

“If you look back at every tragedy that has occurred across the United States, somebody at some point time or another said, ‘we never thought it would happen here,’” said Vic Ingram, Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors chairman. “But it can and it has and it will. We hope and pray it never happens here, but we have to be prepared for that.”

They hope to one day have a school resource officer in each school in the county.