Bedford Co., VA - A Bedford County supervisor suggests an alternative to putting a full-time resource officer in every elementary school.
Sheriff Mike Brown has asked the board of supervisors for $800,000 to hire 15 additional school resource officers.
Board Vice Chairman John Sharp asked the schools superintendent if road deputies could have office space inside schools.
"Each school could serve as a satellite office for the Bedford County Sheriff's Office," said Sharp. "So the officers could actually spend some time in each of the schools and we would do that for the existing officers. That way we could do it at no cost to the taxpayers."
"We fully support Sheriff Brown in his efforts to improve school safety by increasing police presence in our elementary schools," said Dr. Douglas Schuch, schools superintendent. "I know that our staff would provide adequate space for any officers that could serve in our schools on a regular basis."
Schuch previously expressed support for the sheriff's request for money for the additional deputies.
The sheriff's office says road deputies already stop by schools whenever they get the chance and stay too busy to spend much time in an office. Road deputies answered more than 32,000 calls last year.