Arkansas lawmakers secure federal funds for school security

U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor along with U.S. Representative John Boozman (AR-03) today announced more than $32,000 in school safety resources for the Green Forest Police Department through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

"COPS grants enable law enforcement agencies in Arkansas to combat school violence in partnership with educators and community leaders. I commend the Green Forest Police Department for its continued commitment to ensuring safety in our public schools," Lincoln said.

"Safe schools are more conducive to learning and offer peace of mind for parents," said Pryor. "These new resources will bolster Green Forest Police Department's training and equipments efforts and keep students out of harm's way."

"Improving security at schools is vital to protecting the safety of our students," Boozman said. "I am pleased to see the Green Forest Police Department taking a proactive approach to improving its capabilities for keeping our children safe."

The $32,500 grant will provide up to 50 percent of the total cost for communities to install metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other equipment that can help deter crime. The grants can also be used to cover 50 percent of the cost of security assessments and training.

COPS awarded a total of $82,905 to three communities in Arkansas this year.