Barrow and School Safety

Rep. John Barrow (GA-12) has introduced a bill that would bring back a federal grant program to help increase safety and security in schools.

Congressman Barrow’s bill will reauthorize a critical federal matching grant program for school security under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act that expired in 2009.  The program, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the Department of Justice (DOJ), provides matching grants for “improved security, including the placement and use of metal detectors and other deterrent measures, at schools and on school grounds.”

It’s a bit different than the NRA suggestions from earlier this year, but seems like a decent idea. It also comes with the backing of  the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, National Sheriff’s Association, and American Association of School Administrators.

Full press release here.
Full text of the bill itself, here.


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