Updated Tue, Oct 1, 2013 1:20 pm
A federal grant is helping Parkersburg get three new school resource officers.
Federal and local law enforcement officials joined school officials Monday to announce the more than $343,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services program.
The money will fund three officers to be placed in Parkersburg middle schools.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut was a reminder of the importance of school safety, and that the resource officers play a critical role in keeping schools safe. 26 people, including 20 children, were killed inside the school by the gunman, Adam Lanza, who committed suicide as police arrived.