Press Release From Sheriff Oakes Regarding DCJS Grants Awarded

Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore would like to announce that the Wise County Sheriff’s Office has received four state grants that will fund additional School Resource Officers in Wise County Public Schools. These grants are funded through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Two of these grants will continue to fund the School Resource Officers for the Wise County Career/Technical School, Regional Learning Academy, and Alternative Education Center located in Wise, VA and Union Primary School in Big Stone Gap, VA. The two additional grants are new awards that will fund a School Resource Officer for Wise Primary and Coeburn Primary Schools.

Sheriff Oakes states that, “The safety and security of our children, schools, and school staff is one of the top priorities for me as Sheriff. Through grant funding, support of the Wise County Board of Supervisors and Wise County School Board, we now have a dedicated deputy at each Wise County Public School. That has been one of my goals since being elected as your Sheriff.”
Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore states, “Our children are the future of Wise County and this nation. We must protect them and make sure they have a secure and safe environment in which to learn and prosper. We will continue to build upon our School Resource Officer Program by having the most qualified, most equipped, and well trained deputies assigned to schools. Since 2015 we have added six new SRO positions with grant funds and two additional ones funded by Wise County, giving us twelve deputies assigned as School Resource Officers. Total grant funds for these six positions will be over $1.3 million.”

Sheriff Oakes and Assistant Sheriff Kilgore would like to thank the members of the Wise County Board of Supervisors and the Wise County School Board for their support of the School Resource Officer Program.

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