Fargo Public Schools and the Fargo Police Department have received a “Secure our Schools” matching grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The federal funding – $92,399 – is intended to improve both building security and the police department’s radio communications capacity within the school buildings. The grant funds are matched by local funds, increasing the security project’s total budget to $184,798.
All of the items selected for the two-year project have been identified through annual security assessments, and will include intercom systems; two-way radios; a radio amplifier and antenna; classroom door locks and “panic” or emergency push bars for exterior doors. In addition, some new video surveillance equipment will be added and an office area will be updated to add a security area for staff. Staff emergency training will also be included along with funding for future school safety assessments.
The application was a joint effort of the School District and Police Department. Projects will take place through August 31, 2013. Priorities were established utilizing the District’s emerging needs list and annual safety audits. Maintenance & Operations Director Jim Frueh will take the lead for the School District, and Lt. Steve Lynk will represent the Fargo Police Department.