Portman Announces More Than $320,000 in Federal Grants to Improve School Safety in Ohio


Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant Will Provide Funding for School Safety


September 10, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has awarded more than $320,000 in federal funding for school safety through its School Violence Prevention Program. The City of Canfield received $73,552 and Sycamore Community Schools in Hamilton County received $247,575. These funds will work to improve security at schools and on school grounds through evidence-based school safety programs.  These funds also will be used for coordination with law enforcement; training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence; metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and other measures that provide a significant improvement in security. 

“This is good news for Ohio and for the safety of our schools and our students. This grant will help these schools ensure have the resources they need to improve safety measures for students and faculty,” said Portman. “Our students are our future and I will continue to work at the federal level to ensure we protect them in Ohio and across our country.” 

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