Gloucester County Public Schools pass resolution in support of school resource officers

Posted at 10:34 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 22:38:28-04

GLOUCESTER, Va. - The Gloucester County School Board passed a resolution in support of school resource officers during the school board meeting on August 18.

The resolution states the purpose of school resource officers and the county's backing for the need of officers in schools. According to the school board, lack of state funding may eliminate the county's ability to provide a school resource officer in each school.

The school board is requesting that Governor Northam, along with the Senate of Virginia and Virginia House of Delegates, to maintain and keep the School Resource Officer Grants Program. The school board is also calling for state officials to adequately fund the program and refrain from discussions that minimize the role that the school resource officers provide in the school.

Related: Local leaders weigh in on the future of school resource officers

Gloucester's School Board resolution comes at a time where many people are calling for police departments to restructure the roles of officers, including those inside of schools.

In Charlottesville, Charlottesville City Schools cut ties with the police department, removing resource officers from schools.

To view Gloucester County School Board's resolution, click here.