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Virginia School Safety Task Force makes progress in Richmond

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BOTETOURT COUNTY -

Despite only forming four months ago, the Governor Bob McDonnell's School Safety Task Force is making significant progress.

They recommended a total of eight bills to the General Assembly during the 2013 session, with seven of them becoming law.

Botetourt County Commonwealth Attorney Joel Branscom is part of that task force, sitting on the education sub-committee.

He said one of the most critical bills passed adds money for security upgrades in schools.

But he hopes that's only the first step.

"I tend to believe that one of the things we're going to have to do is look at putting some type of resource officer or something similar to that in as many schools, if not all of them," Branscom said.

The task force also passed bills establishing threat assessment teams in schools, better sharing of juvenile information among school divisions, and better coordination of lockdown drills.

Branscom expects the task force to stay intact at least into next year.

The education sub-committee is set to meet on Wednesday with the full task force meeting in June.

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