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Gov. Perry awards almost $300 thousand to the Texas State University terrorism response program

Monies awarded for training law enforcement officers throughout the state

From the Office of Gov. Rick Perry

July 26, 2007

Government - Gov. Perry picture AUSTIN–Gov. Rick Perry July 16 awarded $299,508 to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program at Texas State University. The ALERRT program is designed to train law enforcement officers throughout the state on responding to terrorist situations.

The grant will enable coordination between Texas State University and the Texas School Safety Center in efforts to promote school safety and respond to school violence. Funds are awarded under the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Fund, and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.

“Giving our students the opportunity to learn and grow in a protected environment is essential to helping Texas youth achieve their potential,” Perry said. “By training local and campus law enforcement, the ALERRT program will better secure Texas schools and allow students to focus on their daily academic tasks.”

The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act supports programs dedicated to preventing and reducing violence in schools and communities as well as developing a drug-free environment for youth. These programs foster healthy and safe learning environments that support academic achievement, including alternative education programs and intervention services for children with behavior or substance abuse problems. Funds also support counseling services for children who are victims of family violence or child abuse.

Each year, CJD awards more than $113 million in grants for a variety of juvenile justice, criminal justice and victim services programs.

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