Yesterday, our office announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office has awarded a $461,775 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grant to Collinsville Community Unit School District (CUSD) #10 to improve school safety. The funding will be used to install new video surveillance equipment, intercom systems, and phone systems. The funding authority comes from the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018.

This school safety grant award will make Collinsville schools safer. I was proud to co-sponsor the STOP School Violence Act which we now see in action giving our school districts the tools they need to keep students safe.

Collinsville CUSD #10 Superintendent Brad Skertich said this about the grant: "On behalf of the Collinsville CUSD #10, we are excited to be the recipients of the DOJ School Violence Prevention Program Grant. The district will be utilizing grant funds to upgrade video surveillance equipment, intercom systems and improve communication by adding telephones to classrooms. We commend the efforts of Derek Turner, Director of Technology and Dan Porter, District Security, for their efforts on this endeavor and their commitment to improving safety and communication within our district!"

COPS Office Director Phil Keith said this about the grant: “With the new school year underway, the safety of our nation’s students remains paramount."

Learn more about the grant here.