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Supervisors hold off on applying for SRO grant

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 Tuesday night to hold off until next year on applying for a grant that would help fund an additional school resource officer to be stationed at Botetourt Elementary School.

Board members said it would be best to wait to apply for the grant next year. If awarded, the matching grant would have required the county to spend close to $100,000 in next year’s budget, which is not currently accounted for.

The grant would have been part of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services School Resource Officer Grants program. If awarded, it would have provided Gloucester County with up to $43,253 in reimbursement for the salary and fringe benefits for an SRO at Botetourt. 

According to Gloucester’s County Administrator Brent Fedors, it’s not just the salary to think about when hiring an SRO. There’s also the vehicle, which costs around $40,000; close to $20,000 to “up-fit” the SRO with a firear...

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