SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety has received a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, officials announced Monday.
This is the second year DPS has received the federal grant, according to Sikeston DPS Chief Drew Juden.
"We're using it for video cameras to be placed in and around the school campuses," Juden said Monday. "It's a cooperation between us and Sikeston Public Schools to provide security measures for the students."
The first set of cameras, which were paid for by last year's grant, were installed and put in operation two weeks ago at the district's alternative school, New Horizons. This year's grant will pay for cameras at other schools in the district, and Juden said those schools have yet to be determined.
The grant is a part of a U.S. Department of Justice Office of COPS $14.7 million school safety resource grant to assist 187 local law enforcement agencies in 43 states with school safety measures. The grants were awarded under COPS Secure Our Schools program, which is intended to support efforts to improve security at schools.
The grants will provide up to 50 percent of the total cost for municipalities to install metal detectors, locks, lighting and other equipment that can help deter crime. The grants can also be used to cover 50 percent of the cost of security assessments and training.
In addition to funding school safety projects, COPS supports innovative local community policing initiatives, funds the purchase of crime-fighting technology, provides training and technical assistance resources and funds the hiring of local law enforcement officers. Since 1995, COPS has invested more than $11.3 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than $13,600 state and local law enforcement agencies.