Contact: Vicki Wolber
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2018
Macomb County receives $316,000 grant to prevent school violence
The Macomb County Office of Emergency Management and Communications today announced its receipt of a School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grant in the amount of $316,860 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Grant funds will be utilized to hire personnel that will work directly with local school districts, law enforcement, fire and other public health and safety providers to enhance school safety efforts within the county. These individuals will use evidence-based school safety programs and national, state and local guidance to ensure that methodologies, tools and plans are current and can be utilized across the county. Planned initiatives include school threat and vulnerability assessments, emergency operations and response plan coordination, mental health training, conduct drills, exercises and public awareness education.
"No one jurisdiction, school or agency is subject to one individual stand-alone threat, hazard, incident, issue, etc.," said Vicki Wolber, director of Emergency Management and Communications for Macomb County. "We need to partner and strategize together to create a comprehensive school safety program that will offer and provide broad-based coverage that is standardized, interoperable and multi-jurisdictional to ensure the safety of our children, first responders and the whole community."
The competitive grant program, which was enabled through the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018, awards funding directly to states, units of local government and Indian tribes to improve security at schools and on school grounds through evidence-based school safety programs. Macomb County has partnered with the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) to implement and coordinate the provisions of its grant and to provide match funding in the amount of $105,620.
"Our 21 local Macomb County superintendents are pleased to partner with Macomb County Emergency Management on this grant," said MISD Superintendent Mike DeVault. "This will allow us to strengthen our ongoing cooperative efforts in the area of security and emergency planning. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with our Macomb County school districts, law enforcement and Macomb County Emergency Management."
$25 million was available through the 2018 SVPP grant. Macomb County's funding is for a period of 2 years and the county expects to begin implementation of the program in January 2019.
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