Several Erie County school districts were awarded state Safe School Targeted Grants for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers, and to prevent and reduce violent incidents through programs and security equipment, according to Senator Dan Laughlin.
“I truly believe that this funding is a good start to address some of the concerns I have heard from my constitutions regarding the safety of their children and grandchildren here in Erie County,” said Senator Laughlin. “Increased school safety funding is something that I believed was needed and I pushed for it to be included in the FY 2018-19 budget. School safety is an issue that has been at the forefront of public opinion across the Commonwealth and I am glad that my request did not fall on deaf ears.”
Harbor Creek received a $17,084 Equipment Grant. This grant is intended to pay for security-related equipment including student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.
Program Grants were are awarded to Erie City School District ($12,000) and Union City Area School district ($19,244). These grants are intended to promote an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning and enhance anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.
School Resource Officer Grants of $40,000 each were awarded to Erie County Technical School and Harbor Creek School District. These grants are intended to provide funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers.
School Police Officer Grants of $40,000 each were awarded to Fort LeBoeuf School District and Perseus House Charter School of Excellence. These grants are intended to provide for the training and compensation of school police officers.
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