The Department of Justice today announced more than $70 million in grant funding to bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty, and support law enforcement officers and first responders who arrive on the scene of a school violence incident, including $150,000 for the Evangeline Parish School Board.
These grants are in addition to the funding to the National Association of School Resource Officers announced last week, to expand and update their curriculum to better support training programs. These grants combined will protect students, teachers, faculty and first responders, according to Henri LeJeune, Contractor, legal technical writer, U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“There is no more important cause than protecting our children from harm,” United States Attorney David C. Joseph stated. “This grant will allow the Evangeline Parish School Board to develop better safety measures for its students and train crisis teams in furtherance of that end. I want to congratulate the school board for being awarded this grant and thank the Department of Justice for making it available.”