News for Immediate Release
Jan. 23, 2014
Governor Corbett and Senator
Scarnati Announce $3.9 Million in School Resource Officer and School Police
Officer Grants; 81 Entities to Share Funding
Harrisburg – Gov. Tom Corbett and Sen. Joe
Scarnati (R-Jefferson) today announced that $3.9 million has been awarded to 81
schools and municipalities for the placement of school resource officers and
school police officers in schools across Pennsylvania.
of our children is of the utmost concern to me, Senator Scarnati and members of
the General Assembly,” Corbett said. “This
funding is the first step in providing schools with resources to ensure our students
are learning in a safe and secure environment.”
through legislation authored by Sen. Scarnati and signed into law last year by Gov.
Corbett, the grant program provides funding for programs to address school
violence and security.
acts of violence have shown that we clearly need to do everything within our
ability to keep students and teachers safe in their learning environments,” Sen.
Scarnati said. “I am grateful to Governor Corbett and my
colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives for their support in
expanding and enhancing the Safe Schools Grant Program for our commonwealth. These grants announced today will provide
financial assistance for school resource officers and school police officers
while allowing for local decision making, in order to provide the greatest
level of security possible at our schools.”
and municipalities could apply for up to $60,000 for a school resource office
and up to $40,000 for a school police officer.
Grantees are required to fund the officer’s position for at least two
years. Pending available funding for the
2014-15 school year, grantees will be eligible to receive 50 percent of their
2013-14 award without reapplying.
consent of a school entity, municipalities awarded a grant are required to
assign school resource officers to schools within the municipality.
A total of
114 applications were received and reviewed based on guidelines of the grant
program. Priority for funding was given
to schools and municipalities that employ officers who have completed
additional training related to interaction with children and adolescents within
a school setting.
Media contact: Tim Eller, Dept. of Education,
Sen. Scarnati’s Office, 717-787-7084
Editor’s note: A list of grantees and award
amounts can be accessed by visiting www.education.state.pa.us
and clicking on the “SRO/SPO Grant Awards” icon.