BEA gets grant for police training

WINGATE — The Bald Eagle Area School District is set to receive a $21,763.95 grant for equipment, electronic lock sets and cameras, through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools grant program, according to State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven.

Hanna said this funding is part of $6.5 million in competitive grants being awarded for the training and compensation of school resource officers and police officers. Furthermore, the funding is to be used to prevent and reduce violent incidents through programs and security equipment.

“Educators and students deserve to work and learn in safe environments,” said Hanna. “This grant program provides schools with resources they so desperately need to ensure a healthy, safe and secure learning environment.”

PDE’s Office of Safe Schools grant offers school entities the opportunity to apply for competitive funding up to $25,000.

This program works to fund programs which address school safety and violence through the use of security related equipment including: student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.

Awardees and award amounts will be made public on PDE’s website on Friday.