WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice will award a $50,000 grant to the City of Sikeston as part of the Secure Our Schools (SOS) initiative.
"Our children spend more time in school than any other place outside the home. Sikeston has a strong record of putting federal money to good use for law enforcement purposes," said Eighth District Representative Jo Ann Emerson in announcing the grant. "This grant will enable Sikeston to add to security in the classroom and on school grounds."
SOS provides up to 50 percent of the total costs for municipalities to install locks, lighting, and other equipment to deter crime. School security programs funded by SOS also rely on the experience of school administrators and local law enforcement to implement programs.
"The SOS program gives grantees the opportunity to receive security assessments, purchase locks and lighting, train school personnel, and coordinate efforts with local law enforcement. Our children's safety is of paramount concern," Emerson said.
For additional information about the Secure Our Schools program, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov