10.04.19

Gardner Announces School Safety Grant for Hayden School District

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Hayden School District RE1 is estimated to receive $43,868 from the Department of Justice as part of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program. Senator Gardner was a cosponsor of the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, which authorized Department of Justice grants to improve school security and enhance school violence intervention and prevention programs. This bill to help stop school violence was signed into law in March of 2018.

 

“Congress passed the STOP School Violence Act last year because recent, horrific school shootings have made clear that the federal government can do more to ensure law enforcement and schools are coordinating on any risks or threats they may face,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m glad this grant is going toward school safety in Colorado, because our schools need sufficient resources to help stop school violence. I encourage schools across the state to look into this potential funding that could assist them in acquiring new security equipment along with also making available specialized training for school officials in intervention and prevention programs.”

 

The STOP School Violence Act is part of Senator Gardner’s efforts to address the national epidemic of school violence and student suicide. Senator Gardner is also a cosponsor of the EAGLES Act, which would reauthorize the National Threat Assessment Center and expand it to establish a national program targeted on school violence. Last month, Senator Gardner introduced the Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act, legislation supported by Sandy Hook Promise to address rising youth suicide rates. The STANDUP Act requires states, public schools, and Tribes to implement evidence-based policies to prevent suicides in order to receive certain 520A grants, including Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) grants, which promote youth mental health awareness among schools and communities and improve connections to services for school-age youth.

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.