CLARKSDALE, Miss. — The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a $125,000 grant to the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Office. The grant, which will be used to hire a school resource officer to implement the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program in two of the county’s elementary schools, was coordinated by the Coahoma County Delta Bridge Project.
“This grant will provide our office the opportunity to touch the lives of our kids in Coahoma County,” said Coahoma County Sheriff Charles Jones. “We feel very blessed to have been awarded this grant among the many agencies that applied for it.”
The school resource officers will work in coordination with the school district to provide a safer environment in which the county’s elementary students can better learn.
“Our schools should provide a safe and secure refuge in which our children can focus on learning,” said Lois Erwin, Senior Community Development Officer for Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a sponsor of the Delta Bridge Project. “This grant will help ensure that such an environment exists for Coahoma County students; and consequently, have an overall positive impact on the community.”
Across the country, 263 cities and counties were awarded grants totaling over $125 million, including $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer positions like the one in Coahoma County. The remainder of the awards went toward hiring general law enforcement positions.
The Coahoma County award received the second highest score in Mississippi, which had 21 applicants, yet only four total awards.
To learn more about the COPS grant, visit http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2695
To learn more about the Delta Bridge Project, visit http://www.deltabridgeproject.com/coahomacounty.
The Delta Bridge Project is a community-led effort that unifies citizens to spur development in the Delta region. Since 2010, it has helped leverage over $3 million in new investments for Coahoma County, Mississippi. http://www.deltabridgeproject.com/