Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that the City of Hot Springs will receive a $172,717 federal grant from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Secure Our Schools Program to prevent violence in area schools.
“It’s important that students have a safe place to learn and receive a quality education,” said Johnson. “This funding for Hot Springs will help keep violence out of our schools.”
Save Our Schools program funding could be used for placement of security measures and security assessments; training of personnel and students; coordination with local law enforcement and other measures that provide a significant increase in security.
Johnson has used his seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure the COPS program is properly funded to help keep communities across South Dakota safe. The COPS program, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, began operations in October 1994 after Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994.