ASIS International hailed passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that will help increase school security by providing grant money for a variety of school safety measures.
The bill, Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 (H.R. 4909), authorizes $500 million in federal funding over ten years to help strengthen school security, including: training for school personnel, students, and law enforcement to prevent student violence; the development of anonymous reporting systems for threat of school violence; and the implementation of deterrent measures such as metal detectors, locks, lighting, and technology for expedited notification of law enforcement during an emergency.
“ASIS is pleased to see the House move so quickly to address the need for increased security training and equipment in our schools,” says ASIS International Director of Government Relations Government Relations. “The grant money directed by this bill is an important step toward ensuring safer and more secure communities across the nation.”
A companion bill, which shares bipartisan support, has been introduced in the Senate, S. 2495. ASIS International is drafting a letter of support to share with key Senate offices as they consider this important legislation.
ASIS members will be updated as action is taken by the Senate. Please check the Government Relations section of the ASIS website.
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