Kanawha County Commission talks school safety, armored vehicle and pill mill penalties
Soon, every school in Kanawha County will have access to a School Resource Officer. The Kanawha County Commission approved $30,000 for the sheriff's department for overtime on Thursday evening.
The money will allow the sheriff's department to send deputies to schools in four-hour blocks. The deputies will arrive in marked cars, patrol the halls and do training to help educators improve school safety. The sheriff's department is hoping to make about 200 visits this year, starting Monday, February 11. County commissioners also approved $55,000 to fund the program in 2014.
They also cleared the way for the sheriff's department to buy an armored vehicle. The $234,000 vehicle is supposed to be the latest in law enforcement protection, giving deputies an advantage during an emergency. It should be on the road in July.
And Kanawha County commissioners also had a visit from several attorneys during Thursday night's meeting. Their goal is to take a stand against the pill mills in West Virginia. In fact, they plan to visit each county and start filing lawsuits against doctors who are overwriting prescriptions and pharmacies that are cashing in.
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