WEST CHESTER (November 18) – State Senator Andy Dinniman has announced that the Oxford Area and Kennett Consolidated school districts were awarded grants in this the second year of Pennsylvania’s School Resource Officer/School Police Officer Competitive Grant program.

Senator Dinniman and fellow lawmakers created the program through Act 70 in July 2013; the first round of grants to enhance school security was awarded in January.

Active College StudentsOn Friday the second round of grants was announced, with the Kennett Consolidated School District receiving $30,000 for a school resource officer assigned to it from the Kennett Square Police Department. The Oxford Area School District will receive $20,000 for its school police officer.

“When it comes to school safety, we must take a proactive approach that’s the goal of this program,” Dinniman said. “As I’ve said before, students must feel secure if they are to learn and achieve to their highest potential. This program and the officers it funds help provide an environment that is conducive to learning and growth.”

Per program guidelines, priority in funding is given to those schools that utilize officers who have completed additional training recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Education related to interaction with all children and adolescents within a school setting.

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