I recently found out that most districts in Mississippi have not taken advantage of grants set aside by the state for school security of cers. The legislature allocated $5 million for the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools grant program this spring, reports the Associated Press. Despite this, only $1.57 million of those grants were awarded.
One reason why some of the districts chose not to participate was that their current of cers don’t fulf ll all of the roles that the grant program requires, such as teaching DARE or acting as liaisons with local youth courts. Some of the districts didn’t want to — or couldn’t — complete the 13-page application. Others did not want to alter their current arrangements with local law enforcement agencies, or their current programs don’t call for of cers in classroom roles.
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