THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES NEW RESOURCES TO KEEP SCHOOLS SAFE September 11, 1999
In his radio address to the nation today, President Clinton emphasized the importance of protecting our children from violence, announced new grants to keep children safe in and out of school, and called on Congress to do its part by passing common sense gun legislation. The President announced over $100 million in grants from the new Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative for 54 communities to prevent and combat youth violence. An additional $17 million in COPS grants for 46 communities to hire 147 new police officers for schools was also released.
PROMOTING A COMMUNITY-WIDE RESPONSE TO SCHOOL SAFETY
The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative. This initiative, launched last year at the White House Conference on School Safety, rewards and promotes coordinated community-wide responses to school and youth violence. It empowers parents, principals, police, and others to collaborate on local solutions. Today's announcement included $106 million in grants for 54 school districts to support coordinated and comprehensive school safety plans.
COPS in Schools. The Justice Department today will also release $17 million in Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants for 46 communities to hire 147 police officers to work in schools. These officers work in partnership with education officials and students to solve problems of crime and disorder in and around schools.
FIGHTING FOR COMMON SENSE GUN LEGISLATION. The President also urged Congress to complete work on juvenile crime legislation and pass a final bill that includes common sense gun provisions. Noting that communities across the nation are mobilizing to address the problem of youth and school violence, the President said it was past time for Congress to do its part.