CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County deputies have visited local schools more than 300 times since February.
The scheduled visits, an extension of the county's "Graduation, Prom, Alive" program that stresses student safety, was not developed specifically in response to an increasing number of school shootings nationally, but is designed to provide an extra measure of safety.
Deputies addressed safety concerns and developed relationships with staff and students, Cpl. Brian Humphreys said.
In February, members of the Kanawha County Commission approved $30,000 in funding to pay deputies' overtime. The sheriff's department used approximately $19,500 of the funding and would return more than $10,000 to the county, Humphreys said.