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10/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/20/2019 13:09

Walker Helps Guilford and Rockingham County Schools Receive Security Resources from Legislation He Helped Pass into Law

GREENSBORO, N.C. - U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement to congratulate Guilford County Schools and Rockingham County Schools on being awarded a combined $1,000,097 for school security by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services' (COPS) 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP):

'It's of the utmost importance our children feel safe while learning, and that our communities and law enforcement officials are empowered with resources to keep our schools secure. Last year, we passed the STOP School Violence Act and now valuable assets are coming to our community to train and assist schools in identifying and stopping security threats. Congratulations to Guilford County Schools and Rockingham County Schools on this award that will help teachers, administrators and parents focus on educating our next generation of leaders.'

The STOP School Violence Act of 2018, passed by the House in March 2018 with the help of Walker, gave the Department of Justice's (DOJ) 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.

Guilford County Schools was recently awarded $500,000 from the program, and Rockingham County Schools was awarded $500,097.

The counties, both in North Carolina's sixth congressional district, accounted for two of the five grants given in the entire state, and represents more than 53 percent of the total funds distributed to North Carolina.

'We thank Congressman Walker for his assistance with the grant process. Our top priority has always been to make our schools safer and this grant allows us to work with school systems and implement best practices with security cameras and other technology,' said Sam Page, Sheriff of Rockingham County.

'I am grateful to the law enforcement agencies and the elected officials who helped us secure this grant request so we may better protect students and families,' Dr. Sharon Contreras, Superintendent of Guilford County Schools, said.

According to the DOJ COPS Office, 'SVPP funding will provide up to 75% funding for the following school safety measures in and around K-12 (primary and secondary) schools and school grounds:

  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence against others and self
  • Metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures
  • Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency
  • Any other measure that the COPS Office determines may provide a significant improvement in security'