CRIME: Department Of Justice Awards More Than $125 Million In Grants Under The Stop School Violence Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice today announced nearly $126 million in funding to advance school safety under the STOP School Violence Act. The grants were awarded by the Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS Office). They will be used to implement safety measures around schools and support school violence prevention efforts.

Attorney General Merrick A. Garland stated that the Justice Department is responsible for protecting Americans from harm. “Schools should be safe places to learn. Today’s investment of more $125 millions under the STOP School Violence Act will help ensure that schools are .”

” Every child deserves a safe childhood, which includes a safe school environment,” stated Acting U.S. attorney Phillip A. Talbert. “The Department of Justice today announced grants to ensure that our students can learn and flourish in school .”

The Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing Schools Violence Act of 2018 (the “STOP School Violence Act”) gives the Justice Department authority to award awards directly to states, units of government, Indian tribes and public agencies (such a school district and law enforcement agencies) to improve school security and school grounds with evidence-based school safety programmes. The grants are intended to create a positive school environment by assisting teachers and students to recognize and respond to violent acts and prevent them from happening again.

The 78 BJA annually awards, which total almost $74 millions, are meant to support education and training for students and school staff on violence prevention, as well as anti-bullying training, and training school officials to deal with mental health crises. These funds can also be used to create and implement multidisciplinary threat assessment and intervention teams, as well as design technology solutions like anonymous reporting systems and hotlines.

The COPS School Violence Prevention Program, (SVPP), provides 75% funding for school safety measures within and around primary and second-grade schools. The 153 SVPP awards, totaling almost $52 million, are statutorily obligated to be used for coordination with law enforcement; training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence; locks, lighting and other deterrent measures; technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and other measures that provide a significant improvement in security.

The full list of SVPP awards can be found here: https://cops.usdoj.gov/svpp-award.

A list of BJA awards as they are given can be found at the OJP Grant Awards Page .

The COPS Office, a federal component of Department of Justice, is responsible for the advancement of community policing in the country. The COPS Office is the only Department of Justice agency that has policing as its name. It was established in 1994. Since then, it has been the foundation of the nation’s crime fighting strategy. This includes grants, technical assistance, knowledge resource products, training, and technical assistance. The COPS Office has been the number one agency for law enforcement agencies in the United States over the years. They listen to their needs and offer the resources necessary to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcers and communities. The COPS Office 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 more than 135,000 officers.

The Office of Justice Programs offers federal leadership, grants and technical assistance to help improve the nation’s ability to prevent and reduce crime and advance racial equality in the administration of justice. It also assists victims and strengthens the rule of the law. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

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