CHANTILLY, VA (Mar. 8, 2018) - DHI and the Door Security + Safety Foundation (DSSF) proudly support the federal STOP School Violence Act legislation, funding for which was included in the $1.3 trillion federal budget signed into law on March 23. The legislation will help schools and communities stop violence before it happens by providing resources focused on early intervention and school safety infrastructure.
“This bill is an important step in providing communities with much-needed funds to improve school security infrastructure and security technology, to protect our most precious natural resource – our children,” said Jerry Heppes Sr., CAE, CEO of DHI and the Door Security & Safety Foundation. “We understand how important safety is to the school community because our members design and build door openings that address a variety of scenarios.”
The omnibus funding bill also includes $1.2 billion for programs in the education sector to improve school safety; legislation to improve school officials’ emergency preparedness; and increased funding for various mental health and law enforcement programs.
The Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (the STOP School Violence Act) offers Department of Justice (DOJ) grants to states, ultimately helping schools implement proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that stop school violence before it happens. The act provides $75 million in 2018 and $100 million from 2019-2028 for schools to add security systems, improve coordination with local law enforcement agencies and train students, teachers and police on identifying and preventing violence.
The Act will fund four initiatives:
- Evidence-based training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students.
- Evidence-based technology and equipment to improve school security and prevent violent attacks.
- The development and operation of evidence-based school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams, which may include evidence-based training for school officials in responding to mental health crises.
- Continued coordination with local law enforcement.