CEDAR LAKE – A school district in South Lake County has received a large grant as part of a national school safety initiative from the Department of Justice.
The Justice Department has distributed a total of $ 126 million to efforts to make schools safer under the STOP Violence in Schools Act.
On Thursday, it was announced that the Hanover Community School Corporation had received $ 350,150, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
Hanover was one of two school systems in Indiana to receive the grants, including the Rochester Community School Corporation.
The funds aim to put in place safety measures in and around schools, support violence prevention efforts, train teachers and students, and implement evidence-based threat assessments.
“I applaud the school districts of Rochester and Hanover, Indiana, in their efforts to improve school safety through these federal grants,” said US Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.
A total of 78 grants were awarded by the Office of Justice Assistance and the Office of Community-Based Policing of the Office of Justice Programs. The COPS School Violence Prevention program also emphasizes bullying and mental health issues.
“The Department of Justice has no greater responsibility than protecting Americans from harm,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said. “Schools need to be safe places to learn, and the current investment of over $ 125 million under the STOP Violence in Schools Act will help ensure they are. “