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Rep. Buck Announces School Safety Grants for Elizabeth and Cheraw School Districts

September 11, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) announced the Department of Justice has granted two school districts in Elbert and Otero County with COPS Office grants to improve school safety. The Department of Justice has awarded a grant of $224,234 to Elizabeth School District No. C-1 and $15,659 to Cheraw 31 to bolster evidence-based school safety programs to ensure rapid response in events such as school shootings, natural disasters, and traumatic events such as student suicide.

This funding will also be utilized to improve law enforcement training and coordination to prevent student violence, as well as deterrent mechanisms including metal detectors, locks, lighting, and technologies for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency. Along with school safety grants, the COPS Office School Safety Working Group issued a publication entitled “Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety,” which is a comprehensive guide that will inform the adoption of future policies regarding school safety measures in emergency response practices.

Congressman Ken Buck has consistently fought to make our communities safer by supporting a robust law enforcement network. These funds, as well as the recommendations outlined in the COPS publication, will ensure students’ safety during the school day.


Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said:

“I am proud to announce that the Department of Justice has awarded the Elizabeth School District and Cheraw School District with grants to enhance law enforcement measures and ensure school safety. As schools begin to reopen, it is absolutely essential that parents have peace of mind that their children are safe when sending them to school each day. I applaud AG Barr for making students’ safety a priority.”



  • In 2018, Rep. Buck voted for the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act, which gave the COPS Office authority to provide awards directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and public agencies (such as school districts and law enforcement agencies) to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs. 
  • Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety: the COPS Office School Safety Working Group, which is composed of representatives from eight national law enforcement organizations, has identified 10 essential actions that can be taken by schools, school districts, and law enforcement agencies to help prevent critical incidents involving the loss of life or injuries in our nation's schools and to respond rapidly and effectively when incidents do occur.