Elko County School District has been awarded $500,000 from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) to support increasing school security.
The funding marks the second award from the COPS Office. Last November, ECSD was awarded its first COPS grant totaling $485,263 to support the ECSD School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) project. The second award will support the continuation of the project.
Earlier this month, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto announced that more than $1,050,000 for public safety and law enforcement had been awarded to the Nevada System of Higher Education, Elko County School District, and the City of Reno.
"On behalf of the students, staff, parents and all members of the school community in the Elko County School District, I'd like to express our sincere gratitude to Senator Cortez Masto and Senator Rosen for their advocacy and support in this important arena, " said Superintendent Anderson.
"Their efforts to secure this necessary funding are essential to our ability to strengthen and modernize the safety and security of our schools and district facilities. This $500,000 award will help contribute to the completion of the ECSD School Violence Prevention Project we recently started this school year and will continue to work on to benefit every school in our district."
The project includes the purchase and installation of security cameras, single-point entry locations, security card access to school sites, and updated technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency for all school sites.