RENO, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $750,000 grant to the city of Reno for the hiring of six law enforcement and school safety officers.
U.S. Attorney for Nevada Daniel Bogden says keeping schoolchildren safe is "of critical importance" and the grant will help provide Reno with the resources to help accomplish that goal.
Federal officials say past school shootings demonstrate the need to keep schoolchildren safe, and their safety should be the country's top priority in a time of limited budgets.
Overall, the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services awarded the grants to 263 cities and counties to create 937 law enforcement positions.
More than $125 million is being awarded nationally, including nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school officer positions.