Letter in Support of FY20 Funding for STOP School Violence Act Programs

letter of support for FY20 SVPP funding

The Security Industry Association (SIA) joined a stakeholder coalition of parent groups and organizations to encourage congressional appropriators to provide, at minimum, the fully authorized amounts for each of the U.S. Department of Justice school safety grant programs under the STOP School Violence Act.

In a letter to the chairman and ranking members of the House Appropriation Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, SIA and other organizations (including the National Association of School Resource Officers, the Secure Schools Alliance and Safe and Sound Schools) emphasized the importance of fully funding the School Violence Prevention Program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and urged the provision of $125 million for STOP School Violence Act programs in fiscal year 2020, a $25 million increase over FY19, and to ensure that each program is provided with at least the full amount authorized and in the ratio stipulated in the statute.