The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors looks at a new Criminal Justice Academy for the first time. The County Director of Finance presented the budget for the project to the board, along with an ordinance to approve more than $3 million to pay for it.
Leaders also hope to approve a ground lease agreement with Roanoke City for the project to be built on. If this happens, the City of Roanoke and Roanoke County police departments will begin conducting joint training.
Supervisors will now hear a second reading in their next meeting on October 22.
Several other new ordinances were read for the first time as well, one of which would accept grant money from the DMV and award it to the Roanoke County Police Department. The $86,300 would be used to support four programs: reducing alcohol related crashes, increasing seat belt and safety measures, increasing traffic enforcement on I-81 and additional speed enforcement throughout Roanoke County.
With these new ordinances on the table, public safety seems to be a priority for the board.