Rep. Fitzpatrick, alongside Bucks County Sheriff Milt Warrell, presented the grant to Lower Makefield Police Chief Ken Coluzzi, Pennsbury School District Superintendent Dr. William Gretzula, Pennsbury Director of Pupil Services Elizabeth Aldridge, and Lower Makefield police officers.
“We must respond to the senseless violence occurring in our children’s schools. After meeting with concerned students, parents, and teachers, all options must be on the table to keep our kids safe. We must address this problem from all pressure points, to include the legislative component, the mental health component, and the school safety component,” said Brian. “Today’s grant is one way to make our school safer. By delivering much-needed federal support, students, teachers, and law enforcement officers will have the resources to recognize and respond quickly to warning signs.”
Lower Makefield Township is only one of two municipalities in Pennsylvania that received grant funds from the 2018 COPS School Violence Prevention Program (The City of Erie received the other grant).
This year the program provided $70 million in grants directly to states and local governments to improve security at schools and on school grounds through evidence-based school safety programs.
PHOTO CAP: Rep. Fitzpatrick joins Bucks County Sheriff Milt Warrell, Lower Makefield Police Chief Ken Coluzzi, Pennsbury Superintendent Dr. William Gretzula, and Pennsbury Director of Pupil Services Elizabeth Aldridge for the grant presentation.