Kirkland announces school safety grants

CHESTER, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that several local school and police agencies were awarded state grants aimed at improving safety in schools.

The grants were among $8.4 million in Safe Schools grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education today.

The funding includes program grants for school entities to establish programs to prevent and reduce violence; equipment grants to help school entities procure security or safety equipment; funding for the training and compensation of school resources officers, employed by law enforcement agencies and assigned to schools, and school police officers, employed directly by school districts.

Local grants were awarded as follows:

  • Chichester School District, Equipment Grant, $22,465
  • Chester-Upland School District, Program Grant, $19,998
  • Upland Borough Police Department, School Resource Officer Grant, Year 1, $60,000
  • Chester Community Charter School, School Police Officer Grant, Year 1, $40,000

“Keeping our children safe is the greatest responsibility we have. These grants will help ensure that schools have what they need to better protect our students, and I’m pleased that many of our local schools will benefit from this funding,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware.

More information about the grants is available here.

Kirkland also supported the creation of a new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program to be administered through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The deadline for schools to apply for those grants is Oct. 12.

“The new grants will be another opportunity for schools to enhance the programs they have in place to make sure our schools are safe environments where students and staff can focus on learning,” Kirkland said.