Below is a press release from Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith:
U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) recently highlighted the award of more than $2.77 million in U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grants for violence reduction initiatives in six Mississippi school districts.
The DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has approved School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grants for the Jefferson Davis County, Forest Municipal, Coahoma County, Quitman County, Scott County, and Natchez-Adams school districts.
“The Justice Department provides these funds to support a variety of activities to protect students by improving security at schools and emergency preparedness. I’m pleased these predominantly rural Mississippi school districts will have new resources to address these issues,” Hyde-Smith said.
SVPP funds totaling $2,775,839 for Mississippi include:
- Jefferson Davis County School District – $500,000
- Forest Municipal School District – $478,796
- Coahoma County School District – $468,375
- Quitman County School District – $445,337
- Scott County School District – $443,544
- Natchez-Adams School District – $439,787
Districts may use SVPP grants for, among other things, coordination with local law enforcement; security enhancements, emergency preparedness and technology upgrades, and/or other actions to improve security in schools and school grounds. The SPVV grants fund up to 75 percent of the cost for evidence-based school safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools.