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Campbell Schools Awarded Nearly $500,000 for School Violence Prevention

Campbell County School District was among those across the country awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The federal agency awarded more than $85 million to institutions to address and prevent school violence.

“These federal resources will help to prevent school violence and give our students the support they need to learn, grow, and thrive," said Attorney General William P. Barr. “By training faculty, students and first responders, and by improving school security measures, we can make schools and their communities safer.”

“Preventing school violence is critically important. We are appreciative that the Department of Justice provided the additional resources to schools in the Eastern District of Kentucky,” said Robert M. Duncan Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “These resources will help ensure a safe and secure learning environment for students and ultimately make schools and communities safer.”    

The grants award more than $1.7 million in funding to prevent violence in schools in the Eastern District of Kentucky, which includes Northern Kentucky. $495,462 was Campbell County's award.

President Trump signed the STOP School Violence Act into law in March of last year, authorizing grants that are designed to improve threat assessments, train students and faculty to provide tips and leads, and prepare law enforcement officers and emergency professionals to respond to school shootings and other violent incidents. The grant programs are managed by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, within the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services manage the programs and administer the grants.

For Campbell County, the funds will provide for up to 75 percent of the necessary costs for a variety of different actions, which could include coordination with law enforcement; training local law enforcement to prevent school violence; the installation of metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and others.