School Safety Initiatives and Law Enforcement Training Funding Announcement
Atlanta, GA - At the 2022 Georgia School Safety & Homeland Security Conference, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced major initiatives reinforcing Georgia’s commitment to school safety.
Today, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is pleased to announce the release of a grant opportunity to award $4.5 million as part of the Law Enforcement Training Grant Program. Eligible applicants include local and state law enforcement agencies. The program provides funding for training on school safety, use-of-force, de-escalation, and mental health. The funding opportunity will be released on July 15, 2022, and close on August 15, 2022. CJCC will post the solicitation on the Current Funding Opportunities page of CJCC’s website and announce the opportunity through the CJCC Listserv and social media.
CJCC has awarded $2.6 million from the Law Enforcement Training Grant Program to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) to enhance its School Resource Officer (SRO) training. These funds will increase instructor capacity and further grow the number of courses available for local SROs.
CJCC has also awarded $182,000 in federal grant funds to GPSTC for the purchase of 210 tactical kits for SROs as part of the Single Officer Response to an Active Threat training.
CJCC will set-aside $1 million in Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds to support statewide school safety efforts. These dollars may be utilized for regional school safety trainings and safety operation quick reference guides for professional development of SRO instructors, course expansions, and more. Details regarding access to these funds will be forthcoming.
CJCC has partnered with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, Georgia Public Safety Training Center, and Georgia Department of Education to apply for two federal grant applications requesting $3 million. If awarded, these funds will provide additional training for school staff and SROs and create an opportunity for schools to receive funding to improve school climates through intervention and prevention programs.
About the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)
Created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1981 as an Executive Branch agency, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) represents the culmination of many efforts to establish a statewide body that would build consensus and unity among the State's diverse and interdependent, criminal justice system components. For more information visit the CJCC website: https://cjcc.georgia.gov/.
Dannielle Lewis – Communications Director