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Star For Immediate Release
May 8, 2008

CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
(202) 616-1728


COPS OFFICE ANNOUNCES $14.4 MILLION AVAILABLE IN SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced the availability of $14.4 million in grants under the Secure Our Schools grant program. The grants provide up to 50 percent of the total cost for the installation of metal detectors, locks, lighting, fencing, surveillance cameras, and other equipment that helps deter crime and disorder in schools. The grants can also be used to pay half of the cost of security assessments, security training, and other measures that will provide a significant improvement in school security. Law enforcement agencies that provide services to primary and secondary schools within their jurisdiction are eligible to apply.

"Both educators and law enforcement officials understand that securing the school facility and receiving proper training are critical components of a comprehensive school safety plan," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "We are pleased to assist with local school safety initiatives and encourage communities to apply for these funds."

Applications can be filed online beginning May 23rd by visiting www.grants.gov. Hardcopies of the application are available immediately and can be obtained by downloading them from www.cops.usdoj.gov, or by calling the COPS Response Center at 1-800-421-6770. To be considered for funding, applications must be completed on-line or postmarked no later than June 13, 2008.

Secure Our Schools is one of several COPS initiatives that enhance school safety. Through this program COPS has provided communities with $53 million to date. Overall, COPS has invested nearly $895 million in America's schools through programs that have funded the hiring and training of more than 6,300 School Resource Officers, helped communities evaluate and develop responses to specific and persistent school safety problems, and funded school-based programs that focus on preventing and responding to juvenile crime within communities. 

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $9 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,200 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of 117,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, technical assistance, conferences and webcasts.

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