KETR Local
5:37 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Major grant to improve safety at SSISD


Sulphur Springs – The Sulphur Springs ISD Police Department is to receive a grant worth more than $450,000 to improve school safety.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced this week the funding comes through the Secure Our Schools program, under the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

"Ensuring that our students are able to learn in a safe environment is vital, and COPS is playing an important role in helping keep our schools and communities safe," Sen. Cornyn said. "This funding will support the education of the young people in the Sulphur Springs Independent School District by helping to ensure a safe school environment."

The funding can be used to purchase metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures, to perform security assessments, to train security personnel and students, or to coordinate with local law enforcement, as well as other measures that may provide a significant improvement in school security.