Westchester awarded $500,000 for school violence prevention


WASHINGTON – The US Department of Justice has awarded Westchester County $500,000 for the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program.

Depending on the results of a state Education Department study of violent and disruptive incidents in schools, the county aims to use the funding to work with school resource officers and designated school districts to help prevent school violence and address related mental health issues.

The grant will be administered with the ongoing support of the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth, the county Office of Drug Prevent, STOP-DWI, and the county Department of Public Safety.

Violence and hate have no place in our schools, and our students, teachers, and police officers are critical to creating safe, nurturing educational institutions,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY-17), who made the announcement.

County Executive George Latimer said the federally funding program “will improve school security by providing teachers and students with the tools they need to respond quickly to violent attacks and school threats, as well as specialized training to help intervene and respond to students who may have a mental health issue.”


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