Local agencies are eligible to apply for up to $75 thousand per year

Upper Cumberland – Student Resource Officer (SRO) grants are available to schools in the Upper Cumberland.

The SRO Officer Program grant will provide funding to local law enforcements to put a full time officer in place. One POST-certified officer can be placed in each K-12 public or charter school in the area.

All local agencies are eligible to apply for up to $75 thousand per year, per SRO, per school, According to the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security (DOHS).

“SROs provide the crucial link between schools and law enforcement agencies in their continued efforts to establish and maintain safe and secure learning environments,” according to DOHS. “An SRO acts as a liaison between the police, the school, and the community. As part of their day-to-day operations, SROs are responsible for responding to all criminal acts committed at the school.”

The grant application must be completed and include a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Applicants can submit a U.S. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service W-9 and the Department of Finance & Administration Supplier Direct Deposit Authorization directly to the Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration.

“Most of an SRO’s time is spent interacting with youth,” said the DOHS. “An SRO should connect with students, develop beneficial and enriching relationships and have a positive effect on the school’s overall climate.”

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