There is a May 8 deadline to submit applications to receive money from a $16 million federal grant program to help law enforcement agencies provide improved security at schools and on school grounds.
The Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS), part of the U.S. Department of Justice, will fund up to 50 percent of the total cost for one or more of the following:
• Placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures
• Security assessments
• Security training of personnel and students
• Coordination with local law enforcement
• Other measures that may provide a significant improvement in security
The program is open to all law enforcement agencies nationwide. The application process will be competitive and local agencies are expected to provide a matching 50 percent of project costs.
The grant application is available online at:www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=7pvyJ5NVqGqTGspgzdYjGwknK2vTg26fskh8qsNqVJ0w14zs1Q82!654441123
For more information, contact the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770.
-- Patrick Fiel, ADT Public Safety Advisor