MCS, Southwestern receive school resource officer grants
Saturday, November 02, 2013 5:00 AM
Madison Consolidated and Southwestern schools each received $50,000 from a matching state grant to allow both school systems to hire school resource officers.
Gov. Mike Pence announced Friday that more than $9 million of grant funding was issued to schools through Indiana's School Safety Grant Program. The maximum funding any school could receive was $50,000.
According to a release from Pence's office, Madison will be able to hire two school resource officers and use additional funds for school security equipment. Southwestern will receive money to hire one resource officer and upgrade security equipment.
The program is a dedicated state grant fund that provides matching grants to school corporations, charter schools or coalitions of school corporations that apply to employ a school resource officer, conduct a threat assessment or purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders.
"The safety of the students, teachers and administrators in our schools is of the utmost importance to the people of Indiana, and I count it a privilege to distribute the resources to schools across our state," Pence said in a press release issued Friday afternoon.