Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond to talk to board about improving school security

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond speaks during a mayor's roundtable hosted by U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann at the EPB building in downtown Chattanooga.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is scheduled to speak with members of the Hamilton County Board of Education today as state and federal legislators consider how to improve school security.

Hammond is planning to discuss several issues, including local safety concerns and possible funding opportunities from federal, state and local sources to increase training and safety measures for active shooter situations.

He briefed Hamilton County commissioners Wednesday about his ongoing communications with federal and state authorities and what he'll say to the school board.

Hammond said he's not optimistic the county will win a third federal grant to pay for school resource officers (SRO), but said he's going to "put more pressure on the city and the school board" to kick in money for more trained officers.