Bilirakis Helps Secure $1.2 Million in Funds to Strengthen School Safety
Washington, DC: Over $1.2 million in federal funding is headed to Tampa Bay to improve school safety. Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will each get approximately $500,000. These funds are part of a $70 million grant program to bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty, and support law enforcement officers and first responders who arrive on the scene of a school violence incident. Congressman Bilirakis co-sponsored the STOP School Violence Act, which authorized this new grant program as part of an effort to help students and teachers reduce exposure to risks, prevent acts of violence, and quickly recognize and respond to violent attacks. Earlier this year, Congressman Bilirakis spoke directly to Attorney General Sessions about these much-needed funds and his legislation, the PROTECT KIDS Act, which would authorize even more funding to help school districts hire more school resource officers. Additionally, Congressman Bilirakis advocated directly to the Attorney General for Pasco to receive approximately $200,000 in funding to help enhance safety and improve crisis communication between stakeholders in the event of an emergency. These funds were also approved today by the Department of Justice.
“I am always honored to advocate on behalf of my district to help ensure that our community receives its fair share of federal dollars, however, very few issues are as critical as strengthening school safety. I will continue to work diligently to secure even more funding for School Resource Officers and other enhancements so that all students have a safe and secure learning environment,” said Congressman Bilirakis.