Hoosier schools receive federal grants to improve safety

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Two school districts in Indiana will receive grants of the $125 million the U.S. Department of Justice is providing to advance safe schools under the Student, Teacher, and School Violence Act of 2018. officers (STOP).

Hanover Community School Corporation in Lake County and Rochester Community School Corporation in Fulton County received $350,150 and $387,338, respectively. The funds were provided by the School Violence Prevention Program of the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS).

“I applaud the school districts of Rochester and Hanover, Indiana, in their efforts to improve school safety through these federal grants,” said Clifford D. Johnson, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

The STOP School Violence Act gives the Department of Justice the authority to award awards directly to states, local government units, Indian tribes, and public agencies (such as school districts and law enforcement) to improve safety in schools and on school grounds through evidence. school safety programs. It also provides grants to ensure a positive school climate by helping students and teachers recognize, respond quickly to, and prevent acts of violence.

“The Department of Justice has no greater responsibility than to protect Americans from harm,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said. “Schools must be safe places to learn, and the investment of more than $125 million announced today through the STOP School Violence Act will help ensure they are.

In total, the COPS School Violence Prevention Program has awarded 153 grants totaling nearly $52 million. The funds are to be used for measures that provide “a significant improvement in security”, including deterrents such as locks and lighting as well as training local law enforcement officers on the prevention of student violence and technology to notify law enforcement in an emergency.

An additional $74 million was awarded to 78 recipients by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. It is not known if any schools in Indiana received an award.

The BJA money is intended to support training and education for school staff and students on preventing violence against others and themselves, including anti-bullying training and specialized training for school officials. to respond to mental health crises. The funds also help develop and implement multi-disciplinary threat assessment or response teams and design technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems, hotlines and websites.

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