Staff reports


Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $15,000 to help improve safety in several south-central Alabama schools, including in Elmore and Tallapoosa counties.

The award to Central Alabama Crimestoppers will provide training for 40 school resource officers. School resource officers who complete the training this summer will receive certification.

“Our schools are for learning and no student should have to walk the halls fearing for their safety,” Ivey said. “This program will ensure that school resource officers have the training and the know-how to enforce school safety and how to ward off any threats of violence or inappropriate behavior.”

The National Association of School Resource Officers will conduct most of the training. Central Alabama Crimestoppers, which applied for the training grant last fall, will also instruct school resource officers on its tip reward and gun deterrent programs which enable students to report school safety violations to authorities.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice.