RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - Several local schools will soon see school resource officers, Governor Bob McDonnell announced Monday.
The school resource officers will be provided in 24 cities and counties throughout the Commonwealth due to grants approved by the Criminal Justice Services board.
"Creating a safe learning environment is paramount to insuring a high quality education. This is a vital part of our efforts to do everything we can to assure safe and secure schools for every Virginia student. We must continue to make it a priority to protect our children and those who have taken on the responsibility of caring for them while they are in the classrooms," McDonnell said.
The grants will provide the salaries and benefits for the SROs in 42 elementary, middle and high schools, according to the governor's office.
The following areas will receive the officers:
- Amelia - elementary schools
- City of Bristol - elementary schools
- City of Buena Vista - high schools
- Charles City - high schools
- City of Colonial Heights - elementary schools
- Grayson - middle schools
- Grayson - combine elementary and middle schools
- Isle of Wight - elementary schools
- Madison - middle schools
- City of Martinsville - elementary schools
- Montgomery - elementary schools
- New Kent - elementary schools
- City of Newport News - middle schools
- Page - Elementary and - middle schools
- Pittsylvania - middle schools
- Prince George - elementary schools
- Pulaski - middle schools
- Richmond County - high schools
- Richmond County - elementary schools
- Rockbridge - middle schools
- Russell - elementary schools
- Smyth - tech center schools
- Smyth - middle schools
- Stafford - middle schools
- Surry - middle schools
- Town of Tazewell - middle and high schools
- Warren - elementary schools
A routine traffic stop in Chesapeake resulted in a three-city pursuit Friday morning.
Wet weather is expected to move into the area over the weekend, forcing some areas to cancel or change their holiday events.
Four vehicles were involved in a crash on Route 17 in Gloucester Friday morning.