Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff Announces New School Safety Initiative

Pittsylvania Co., VA - Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor announced Thursday a partnership with Pittsylvania County Schools to increase security at each school in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

Sheriff Taylor held a press conference Thursday morning introducing his seven plan initiative. He says he sat down with school officials following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Now they are looking for the community's input to decide the best way to move forward.

Superintendent James McDaniel said the safety of teachers and students at each Pittsylvania County School is a top priority.

The proposed safety measures will include metal detectors at every entrance, surveillance cameras, an anonymous tip line and a deputy in each school. Taylor says that will require hiring and training 20 new deputies.

If the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors approves a budget for the new initiative, we could see these measures go into effect some time this year.

"With the most current school shootings, it's just time that we really take a hard look and say where are our priorities, and for me that's the protection of our children and our staff in schools," said Taylor.

The school system is looking for community feedback and they've set up a survey to receive comments and concerns.

You can take the survey here.

There will be a public meeting on the issue on Monday night at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham.