Fayette, Anderson, Whitley others get school COPS grants


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Ten Kentucky school districts, including Fayette, Anderson, Whitley and others, received grants Thursday from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services for school safety measures.

The grants were part of almost $50 million announced nationwide. The grants provide up to 75 percent funding for school safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools and school grounds.

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“With the new school year underway, the safety of our nation’s students remains paramount,” said COPS Office Director Phil Keith. “Although this school year may look different at the start, now is the ideal time to make preparations to enhance school safety for when all of our children are back in the classroom.”

The Kentucky grants include:

KY McCracken County Public Schools $145,069
KY Fayette County Board of Education $499,355
KY Nelson County Public Schools Police Department $344,872
KY Anderson County Board of Education $26,794

KY Metcalfe County Schools Police Department $461,505
KY Jefferson County Board of Education $500,000
KY Monroe County Board of Education $365,417
KY Taylor County School District $214,650
KY Whitley County Board of Education $356,651
KY Pendleton County School District $255,075 

The 160 awards announced Thursday can be used for coordination with law enforcement; training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence; metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and other measures that provide a significant improvement in security.