PA 16-171—SB 236

Public Safety and Security Committee

AN ACT EXTENDING THE SCHOOL SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM

SUMMARY: This act extends the school security infrastructure grant program for one year, from June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The program provides grants to develop or improve security infrastructure in schools, based on the results of school building security assessments conducted under the supervision of local law enforcement agencies.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

School Security Infrastructure Grant Program

PA 13-3 established this competitive state grant program to improve security infrastructure in schools. The program reimburses towns, state charter schools, technical high schools, incorporated or endowed high schools or academies, private schools, and regional education service centers for certain expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2013 to (1) develop or improve security infrastructure; (2) train personnel to operate and maintain the security infrastructure; and (3) buy portable entrance security devices, such as metal detectors.

Eligible infrastructure includes surveillance cameras, penetration-resistant vestibules, ballistic glass, solid-core doors, double-door access, computer-controlled electronic locks, entry door buzzer systems, scan card systems, panic alarms, or other systems.

The program is jointly administered by the departments of Administrative Services, Education, and Emergency Services and Public Protection.

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