Local Police Chief Appointed to Gov. McDonnell's School Safety Task Force

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- On Wednesday, Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Staunton Police Chief Jim Williams to his school safety task force. Chief Williams said he submitted his name to the list of candidates a few weeks ago.

The task force is a group of educators, officials, parents and students who are supposed to make suggestions on how to improve the safety of our schools. It was formed in direct response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.

Williams said he's not entirely sure how he will be involved with the task force, but he knows Gov. McDonnell is expecting a first round of suggestions by the end of the month.

“You scratch your head and say, 'What can we do?' Hopefully there is something that we can do to come up with best practices that we can send out to law enforcement and educators and make our schools safer,” said Chief Williams.

The 45 members of the school safety task force will meet for the first time on Monday.

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