Mitchell Announces MI-10 School Violence Prevention Program Grants
Shelby Township, Michigan – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement following the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement of more than $70 million nationwide in grants to promote school safety through the COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP):
“Schools should be a place of learning, not violence, and I am glad Macomb County and Port Huron were selected as recipients of School Violence Prevention Program grants by the Department of Justice,” said Mitchell. “These grants will enable our communities to better secure our schools, and ensure that students feel comfortable as they learn, make friends, and grow. I voted for legislation like the STOP School Violence Act to support and improve school security, and will continue working with my colleagues to ensure our nation has a multi-layered approach to preventing school violence.”
Macomb County and Port Huron were among 91 jurisdictions to receive an SVPP grant, which can be used to bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty, and support police and emergency personnel responding to school violence incidents. Macomb County received a grant of $316,860 and Port Huron received $24,941. These grants were authorized through the STOP School Violence Act, which was included in H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.