The federal government hands out law enforcement grants for all sorts of purposes. In view of events during the past few months, requests for help funding professional resource officers in schools should be moved to the top of the priority list.
Wheeling City Council members agreed this week to seek a U.S. Department of Justice grant to help pay for use of police officers at five schools in the city.
Wheeling Park High School and the four middle schools within city limits already have resource officers, but the cost is a strain on local budgets.
Most teachers and school administrators are big fans of resource officers, and not just because they deter armed intruders. The program is an excellent one - and Washington should help Wheeling and other localities pay for it.