MACON, Georgia. – The Department of Justice today announced nearly $ 126 million in funding to advance school safety under the STOP Violence in Schools Act. The grants, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the Office of Justice Programs and the Ministry’s Office of Community Policing Services (COPS), will help put in place safety measures in and around elementary and secondary schools. , to support efforts to prevent violence in schools. , provide training for school staff and students, and implement evidence-based threat assessments.
Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA received $ 1,999,997 among the largest grants awarded, and United Way of Southwest Georgia in Albany, GA received $ 991,110 in grants STOP School Violence Act for fiscal year 2021. The complete list of STOP rewards can be viewed here.
“The Department of Justice has no greater responsibility than to protect Americans from harm,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said. âSchools need to be safe places to learn, and the current investment of over $ 125 million into the STOP Violence in Schools Act will help ensure they are. “
“Fort Valley State University to receive one of the largest grants under the STOP School Violence Act of this year, money that will be used to help keep students and staff safer from one of our major educational institutions in the Middle District of Georgia, âsaid US Attorney Peter D. Leary. âThe United Way of Southwest Georgia’s nearly $ 1 million grant is intended for safety in schools where they are needed most in the communities they serve. We are grateful that the Department of Justice has invested heavily in strengthening the security of our region as our office continues to work closely with our law enforcement and community partners to do all in our power. power to reduce violence in the Middle District of Georgia. “
The Preventing Violence in Schools of Students, Teachers and Officers Act 2018 (the âSTOP Violence in Schools Actâ) gives the Department of Justice the power to award awards directly to States, local government units, Indian tribes, and government agencies (such as school districts and law enforcement agencies) to improve safety in schools and on school grounds through training programs. evidence-based school safety. It also provides grants to ensure a positive school climate by helping students and teachers recognize, respond quickly and help prevent acts of violence.
The BJA’s 78 annual awards, totaling nearly $ 74 million, are intended to support the training and education of school staff and students on the prevention of violence against others and against themselves, including training against bullying and specialized training for school leaders to respond to mental health crises. The funds also help develop and implement multidisciplinary threat assessment or response teams and design technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems, hotlines and websites.
The COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) provides up to 75% funding for school safety measures in and around elementary and secondary schools. The 153 SVPP awards, totaling nearly $ 52 million, are legally required to be used for coordination with law enforcement; training of local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence; locks, lighting and other disincentives; technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement in the event of an emergency; and other measures that significantly improve safety.
The full SVPP price list can be found here.
A list of BJA Awards, as they are awarded, can be found on the OJP scholarship page.
The COPS Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing services nationally. The only Department of Justice body with police services in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the national crime strategy with grants, a variety of resource products. knowledge, training and technical assistance. Over the years, the COPS Office has become the go-to agency for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources needed to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served. The COPS office has invested more than $ 14 billion to advance community policing, including grants to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 135,000 agents.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to enhance the country’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in administration justice, assist victims and strengthen the rule of law. You can find more information about the OJP and its components at www.ojp.gov.