The Fulton County Board of Education received a $456,901 grant from the Department of Justice to improve school security and safety.

The Department of Justice awarded more than $85.3 million to bolster school security — including funding to educate and train students and faculty — and support first responders who arrive on the scene of a school shooting or other violent incident.

Fulton County was among the three Georgia school boards awarded grants. More than $1 million total was awarded to Meriwether County Board of Education, Fulton County Board of Education and Calhoun City School District. In addition, the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council received $999,554.

“Children are precious gifts and deserve to be safe while they are in school,” said U.S. Attorney Byng J. “BJay” Pak. “These grants will provide the resources necessary for enhanced training as well as assistance with developing technology to expedite emergency notifications.”

President Donald Trump signed the STOP School Violence Act into law in March 2018, authorizing grants designed to improve threat assessments, train students and faculty to provide tips and leads, and prepare law enforcement officers and emergency professionals to respond to school shootings and other violent incidents. The grant programs are managed by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

“These federal resources will help to prevent school violence and give our students the support they need to learn, grow, and thrive,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “By training faculty, students and first responders, and by improving school security measures, we can make schools and their communities safer.”

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, within the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services manage the programs and administer the grants, which include funds to:

♦ Develop school threat assessment teams and pursue technological solutions to improve reporting of suspicious activity in and around schools;

♦ Implement or improve school safety measures, including coordination with law enforcement, as well as the use of metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures;

♦ Train law enforcement to help deter student violence against others and themselves;

♦ Improve notification to first responders through implementation of technology that expedites emergency notifications;

♦ Develop and operate anonymous reporting systems to encourage safe reporting of potential school threats;

♦ Train school officials to intervene when mentally ill individuals threaten school safety; and

♦ Provide training and technical assistance to schools and other awardees in helping implement these programs.

For more details about these individual award programs, as well as listings of individual 2019 awardees, visit https://go.usa.gov/xVJuV

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