(FY 2018) SRO/SSO Incentive Grant Program

For New Programs and Continuation Programs

Applications Due May 25, 2017


The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is offering state funds through the School Resource Officer Incentive Grant Program to establish new and continue existing School Resource Officer (SRO) positions in local law enforcement agencies, and School Security Officer (SSO) positions in local school divisions.

These funds will be used to promote school safety and security by supporting School Resource Officer (SRO) and School Security Officer (SSO) positions assigned to public elementary, middle, and high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A primary goal of this grant program is to establish, enhance, and continue the partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and local school divisions. This grant program is focused on funding new SRO/SSO positions in schools where none currently exist and to continue successful programs funded in 2016-2017.

Units of local government are eligible to apply for and receive these funds. A police department, Sheriff’s office or school division may manage the SRO/SSO program but the grant application must be submitted by and the funds awarded to a unit of local government. Priority will be given to localities requesting SRO/SSO positions in schools where no such personnel are currently in place. Localities with an SRO position are eligible to apply for an SSO position if the need is sufficiently documented and funding is available.

Full details concerning this program are outlined in the guidelines.