Indiana awards $9 million to boost school safety

Governor Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Governor Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 250 Indiana schools and school districts are sharing in some $9 million in state grants aimed at helping them boost school safety.

The grants were announced Wednesday by Gov. Mike Pence. He said in a statement that “all of Indiana’s students deserve to learn and grow in a safe environment.”

The governor’s office says nearly $5 million of the funding through the Secured School Safety Grant Program will go toward purchasing new equipment for schools. The remaining $4 million will pay for hiring school resource officers.

Another $32,000 in grant money was awarded to four school districts for conducting school threat assessments.

The grants were approved by the Indiana Secured School Safety Board. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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