Gov. Bob McDonnell on Jan. 9 appointed Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman to the newly created task force of School and Campus Safety.
Chapman, who was elected to office in January 2012, was one of five newly appointed law enforcement executives from the commonwealth to be appointed to the task force. Others on the force include educators, public safety experts, local leaders, mental health practitioners, parents and students.
According to McDonnell’s office, the group will review school safety, including established policies and procedures, crisis and emergency management plans, threat assessment protocols and will share best practices and identify resource challenges.
The task force will also provide legislative and budget proposals to the governor to address any critical gaps or needs connected with safety and security in schools and on campuses.
McDonnell established the multidisciplinary task force on Dec. 20 in the wake of the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“I am honored to have been selected to this task force by Governor McDonnell,” Chapman said in a prepared statement. “After the tragic shootings in Connecticut, our command staff met with command staffs from state and local police as well as with Loudoun County Public School officials to review our security procedures. We will be able to bring ideas shared during these meetings to the Governor’s Task Force. We want to make certain, together, that we continue to do everything possible to ensure your child’s safety, and the safety of the entire school staff.”
The task force held its first meeting Jan. 14 in the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond.
It will send initial recommendations no later than Jan. 31. It will make additional recommendations on an ongoing basis and provide a final report on all aspects of the executive order to the governor no later than June 30, so that recommended actions can be implemented before the new school year begins.
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