Department of Justice Announces the First Grants under the STOP School Violence Act

On June 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s first grants under the Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018) at the 24th Annual Joint Conference of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police and the 88th Annual Montana Police Protective Association.

The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 appropriated funds for both the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office to improve school safety programs.

The BJA was appropriated $50 million dollars as part of this Act and has two solicitations which are currently available for states, units of local government and federally recognized Indian tribes.

Up to $25 million is available through this year’s COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). More information can be found at