CONCORD — U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray of New Hampshire announced that more than $83 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities improve school security and protect students, teachers and faculty from the threat of violence.

"Children should be able to attend school in a safe environment where they focus on learning, not fear of tragic events," Murray said in a statement. "These grants will assist communities in improving the security of children and school staff so that schools can focus on their education mission."

Katherine Sullivan, principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs said her department is front and center in the fight to meet the challenges of keeping schools safe.

"School violence is no longer an abstract threat but has become a tragic reality in too many of America's communities," she said in a statement. "Moving to meet this challenge is among the Administration's to domestic priorities."

The funding comes from the Office of Justice Programs, the federal government's source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions, supporting a wide array of activities and services, including programs designed to tighten school security and improve the reporting of threats. To learn more, visit ojp.gov/funding/explore/current-funding-opportunities.

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