WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joyce (OH-14) applauded the U.S. Department of Justice for awarding a nearly $700,000 grant to the State of Ohio under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program. On July 30, Rep. Joyce joined the Ohio Delegation in sending a letter to the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in support of Ohio grant applications.
Passed in March 2018, the STOP School Violence Act established grant programs to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene when warning signs of violence arise, create a coordinated reporting system, and implement FBI and Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent instances of violence, such as school shootings, before they happen.
“As a father and former prosecutor, I want to ensure our students can learn and grow in safe environments. I strongly supported the STOP School Violence Act when the House considered it in March,” Rep. Joyce said. “This grant will provide critical resources for students and teachers to recognize, respond quickly to, and prevent acts of violence. I was proud to join the Ohio delegation to support this grant application, and I look forward to continuing working with Ohio schools and local law enforcement agents to ensure that our classrooms are safer places of learning.”
“We are proud to work with Ohio’s Department of Education to help keep Ohio’s students safe and prevent violence before it happens,” said Mark Barden, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “The funding available under the STOP School Violence Act will build on our work in the state to train every school in our Safety Assessment and Intervention program that has proven to save lives. We are also thankful for the entire Ohio delegation’s strong support of this application.”
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Rep. David P. Joyce has represented Ohio’s 14th Congressional District since first being elected in 2012 and serves on the House Appropriations Committee. A lifelong Ohioan and former Geauga County Prosecutor, Rep. Joyce prides his congressional work based on common-sense legislation to keep our nation safe and working. Ohio’s 14th Congressional District is settled in Northeast Ohio, including all of Ashtabula, Lake, and Geauga counties and portions of Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit, and Trumbull counties.
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