West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed new security legislation into law for the state. The first bill signed focused on improving school safety. In light of increasing school shootings, states across the country have been working to improve school security measures.
The bill, HB 3369, expands the jurisdiction of the School Safety Unit of the Division of Protective Services, allowing them to provide safety services to all schools, whether public or private, and to inspect schools and provide recommendations on safety and compliance throughout the entire state.
Additionally, the bill extends the authority of officers assigned to the School Safety Unit of the Capitol Police, permitting officers to respond to and investigate matters related to school safety across the entire state.