(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito today announced that more than $83 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities improve school security and protect students, faculty and staff from threats of violence.
“The funding opportunities we are announcing will help with research into the causes of school violence and the effectiveness of approaches to dealing with it,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “It will also provide resources that can be used to develop support services for children exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities, and for violent crime reduction strategies that focus on violent juvenile offenders.”
“School violence is no longer an abstract threat but has become a tragic reality in too many of America’s communities. Moving to meet this challenge is among the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this challenge. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”
The funding is available through OJP, the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions. OJP’s programs support a wide array of activities and services, including programs designed to tighten school security and improve the reporting of threats.