Schneider Announces $260,000+ to Improve School Safety in Mundelein
Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) announced the award of $262,699 to the Village of Mundelein to improve the safety and security of local schools.
The Mundelein Police Department will use the funds to create secure entry vestibules and install panic buttons with direct access to the dispatch center at both Mundelein High School (District 120) and the middle and elementary schools in District 75.
These grants were authorized by the STOP School Violence Act, which included bipartisan legislation first introduced by Schneider and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) to allow schools to purchase panic buttons in an emergency.
“We have a responsibility to protect our children and young people where they learn,” said Schneider. “I offer my congratulations to Mundelein for their selection for this competitive grant which will make significant and immediate security improvements for the children in our communities. I was proud to introduce the bipartisan legislation that created the panic button grant program, and am gratified to see these security measures already benefitting communities in our district.”
The grant was awarded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of nearly $25 million provided by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) to 91 jurisdictions across the country through its School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).
Schneider authored a letter of support for the Mundelein Police Department’s grant application.
Since January 2018, federal grants totaling $42 million have been awarded to organizations and individuals in Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District.