The Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded more than $85.3 million to address school security and violence, which includes funding to educate and train students and faculty, plus support first responders who arrive on the scene of a school shooting or other violent incident.
“These federal resources will help to prevent school violence and give our students the support they need to learn, grow, and thrive,” explained Attorney General William P. Barr.
“By training faculty, students and first responders, and by improving school security measures, we can make schools and their communities safer.”
The 2018 STOP School Violence Act authorized the Department of Justice to create a series of grant award programs under a School Violence Prevention Program.
(Cape Coral Police Department receives Department of Justice school safety grant. Courtesy of NBC2 News and YOuTube. Posted on Oct 22, 2019.)
In 2019, the DOJ has made 215 awards to schools, districts and other jurisdictions throughout the United States.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance, within the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, who was honored in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program for the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), manage the programs and administer the grants, which include funds to:
Develop school threat assessment teams and pursue technological solutions to improve reporting of suspicious activity in and around schools;
Implement or improve school safety measures, including coordination with law enforcement, as well as the use of metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures;
Train law enforcement to help deter student violence against others and themselves;
Improve notification to first responders through implementation of technology that expedites emergency notifications;
Develop and operate anonymous reporting systems to encourage safe reporting of potential school threats;
Train school officials to intervene when mentally ill individuals threaten school safety; and
Provide training and technical assistance to schools and other awardees in helping implement these programs.
More details about these individual award programs, as well as listings of individual 2019 awardees, can be found here.
(Baltimore City is getting millions of dollars to help protect schoolchildren. About $1 million a year over the next four years will come from the state and will be spent, for the most part, on building security. The money comes up almost three months after an intruder shot a staff member inside Frederick Douglass High School. The money will be used to enhance security at dozens of city schools starting as early as the fall. Courtesy of WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore and YouTube. Posted on Apr 24, 2019.)
The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal justice system.
Since 1994, the COPS Office, a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide, has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 130,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance.
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