Nov 1 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) is awarding a $2.6 million grant to improve security at schools and on school grounds in six North Carolina school districts. Funds from the SVPP grant were made available through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, legislation that Senator Tillis helped craft and pass into law.

The funds will be used for coordination with local law enforcement, training for local law enforcement officers to prevent school violence against others and self, metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures, technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency, and/or any other measure that may provide a significant improvement in security. 

“It is crucial that our children and faculty feel safe and secure at school,” said Senator Tillis. “Many of our schools need updated security measures including metal detectors, locks, and improved technology. This grant is a big win for North Carolina schools and I was proud to help negotiate and support this bipartisan legislation to bring this investment to our great state.”

North Carolina School Districts - Total: $2.6 million

  1. Bertie County Board of Education - $490,417
  2. Jackson County Board of Education - $420,008
  3. Person County Schools - $461,138
  4. Rockingham County Schools - $495,843
  5. Stanly County Schools - $333,654
  6. Wilson County Schools -  $411,261