Moore County Schools has been awarded a grant from the 2019 COPS School Violence Prevention Program(SVPP) to improve school safety and security.

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $472,283 to the school district. The funding is under the bipartisan Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018, according to U.S. Representative Richard Hudson.

“The safety of our students remains my top priority, and this grant will go a long way to help ensure a safe environment,” said Rep. Hudson in a Thursday press release. “I’ll continue to work to tackle the root causes of gun violence, make our schools safer and improve mental health in our communities.”

The STOP Violence ACT of 2018 gives the COPS Office authority to provide awards directly to states, units of local government, or Indian tribes to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.

SVPP awards include funding for coordination with local law enforcement; training for local law enforcement officers to prevent school violence against others and self; placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; acquisition and installation of technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and/or any other measure that may provide a significant improvement in security. 

The majority of the award money is going to video surveillance throughout the school district.

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