Steamboat Springs A $533,784 federal grant will help boost security measures at schools in the Steamboat Springs School District.
Public Safety Director J.D. Hays said grant funds from the COPS Secure Our Schools Program are now accessible to the Police Department for local schools. About $15 million has been awarded to schools across the nation through program grants. The Police Department does not have to match any funds for the grant, Hays said.
"This was a grant the Police Department and (Steamboat Springs) School District partnered on for school security," he said Friday.
Hays learned Thursday that the department had received nearly everything it had asked for when the grant application was submitted in June.
"I was surprised we got nearly everything we asked for," he said. "We partner with the school district on different things, but this is the first time we've realized this size of money."
Hays said the money will go toward purchaseing radio communication systems, security cameras and electric doors for Steamboat schools.
"Obviously, having these things in the schools makes our job easier when we do our lockdowns because now we have security cameras and communications is made easier," he said.
Rick Denney, the district's facilities director, was unavailable for comment Friday.
Hays said improving school security is an ongoing topic of conversation.
"I've always been supportive of beefing up security in our schools, especially in light of what's been going in our country the last few years," he said. "I'm happy to see this come to fruition."
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