Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

SCCPSS Receives Nearly Half a Million Dollars in Federal Grants to Increase Safety and Security in Schools

Published on: 10/5/2018

The Department of Justice this week announced more than $70 million in grants to support school safety nationwide.  The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is pleased to have been the recipient of two of those grants totaling nearly half a million dollars.

 

  • SCCPSS Campus Police were awarded $187,500 through the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program, also managed by BJA.  The grant monies will provide training and education on preventing violence and effectively responding to related mental health crises.

 

  • SCCPSS Campus Police in collaboration with Chatham County Government were also awarded $306,912 through the COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).  This grant will provide for school safety measures including coordination with law enforcement, training for law enforcement to prevent student violence against others and self, target hardening measures, and technology for expedited notification of law enforcement during an emergency.

The federal grants are authorized by the STOP School Violence Act, which are intended to improve school security by helping students and teachers reduce exposure to risks, prevent acts of violence, and quickly recognize and respond to violent attacks.

SCCPSS Campus Police Chief Terry Enoch says, “The grants will help Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools enhance security at each of our facilities and continue our efforts in training our staff, students and law enforcement officers in the best ways to prepare for the possibility of violence and mitigate the effects.”

 

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools make ensuring the safety of students, staff and our facilities a top priority and assessments are regularly conducted to determine what improvements can be made to enhance those efforts. 

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