McGuire to Introduce Bill Providing Additional Safety Measures for Virginia Public Schools

Commonsense bill would place a school resource officer in every Virginia public school

GOOCHLAND, VA – Today, Delegate John McGuire (R-HD56) announced he will be introducing legislation in the upcoming session that will put a School Resource Officer (SRO) in every public elementary, middle, and high school across the Commonwealth to provide additional safety measures for our children while attending classes.

“Ensuring our children’s safety while at school is one of my top priorities for the upcoming session. Not only would placing an SRO in every public school provide an additional measure of security for our children, but it will create new law enforcement jobs across the Commonwealth, and show our children that our men and women in blue are there to serve and protect our communities. I look forward to working with Republican leadership in Richmond to pass this commonsense legislation to ensure we’re providing every possible security option at Virginia schools to keep our children and teachers safe.”

While Democrats continue to demean and defund Virginia’s police force, the Commonwealth has seen stories coming from all across the state highlighting the value of SRO’s in Virginia public schools. From the events at a Chesterfield high school where a brave law enforcement officer used his body to shield a student from being assaulted, to a story that highlights two SRO’s at an Alexandria high school who helped start the school’s soccer team, SRO’s across Virginia have shown the positive impacts they have on students.

Placing an SRO in every public school would also create an additional preventative measure to deter individuals from attempting to target schools in deadly attacks. At this time, approximately 700 Virginia public schools do not have an acting SRO on campus providing critical security assessments and positive engagement with students.

Background:

In 2020, McGuire introduced similar legislation that would’ve provided an additional measure of security for our children and teachers. Unfortunately, the Democratic majority in Richmond at the time stopped the bill from ever leaving committee.

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