Rep. Gene Green Announces Department of Justice Funding for Aldine Independent School District
October 5, 2009
Houston, TX – Representative Gene Green today announced that the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced more than $27 million in grants for school safety and to locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters. The Aldine Independent School District will receive $226,966 as part of the Secure Our Schools grant program.
“It is important that we provide our children with the safest learning environment possible,” said Rep. Gene Green, who represents the Aldine ISD. “The COPS Secure Our Schools grant for Aldine ISD will go a long way toward providing our schools with the resources they need to create a secure and nurturing atmosphere.”
The COPS office awarded almost $16 million under the Secure Our Schools (SOS) grant program for the 2009 fiscal year. Grants will be awarded to 128 law enforcement agencies in 38 states, and included Aldine ISD. Funding under this program may be requested for such things as: placement and use of metal detectors; locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; security assessments; security training of personnel and students; coordination with local law enforcement; and any other measure that may provide a significant increase in security.
“The timing of this grant coincides with Texas’ National Night Out program which helps heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, highlights local anticrime programs, strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and lets criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Together, we can all work to make our neighborhoods more secure,” said Green.
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