U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his new proposal, the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act. This bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), secures our schools by implementing proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that stop school violence before it happens. This afternoon, he reiterated the need to secure our schools during a Fox News interview.
“Moms and Dads want to know when they drop off their kids at school, they are safe,” said Daines. “We must secure our schools by stopping violence before it happens.”
STOP School Violence Act of 2018
The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018, or the STOP School Violence Act, reauthorizes and amends the 2001-2009 bipartisan Secure Our Schools Act to offer Department of Justice grants to states to help our schools implement proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that STOP school violence before it happens.
The bill permits grants to fund evidence-based programs and practices to:
- Train students, school personnel, and local law enforcement to identify warning signs and intervene to stop school violence before it happens;
- Improve school security infrastructure to deter and respond to threats of school violence, including the development and implementation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence;
- Develop and operate school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams; and
- Facilitate coordination between schools and local law enforcement.
The bill would authorize $75 million for FY 2018, and $100 million annually for the next ten years, which may be partially offset from a DOJ research program called the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.