RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond police and city school district have officially declared areas like this surrounding neighborhood schools "safety corridors". That means increased police presence and zero tolerance for breaking the law.
The city police department will have a school resource officer assigned to every single school in the district and their job will be to quell any threats of violence or inappropriate behavior. But while their job is to keep kids safe, the district hopes it will develop into something even more.
"The police officers can gain respect and develop relationships with our children and then our children are not afraid of police officers but will respect them and seek them out in times of trouble rather than resorting to violence," said Dr. Yvonne Brandon, Richmond Superintendent.
Dr. Brandon said that issues that happen on the streets often spill into the halls of schools and lead to problems. But if kids see the police department as an asset and the school as a safe place, hopefully less violence will occur.
And this effort is not just about fights and violent related issues. Police will also be cracking down on student drivers making sure they aren't speeding, or using their cell phones inappropriately