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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Wins Department of Justice Grant

February 8, 2024, Rowan County, NC – The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grant which will allow the County to hire a new School Resource Officer (SRO) in the Rowan-Salisbury School System for the 2024-2025 school year. The $125,000 grant comes from the DOJ’s COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Hiring grant program.

The County’s grant application received full support from both U.S. Senator Thom Tillis and U.S. Senator Ted Budd. Said Senator Tillis, “Funding law enforcement is one of my key priorities, and I am proud of Rowan County for working to keep their schools safe by hiring a new SRO through the COPS Hiring program.” 

Senator Budd commented, “I am thrilled that the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office was awarded this competitive grant funding. SROs play a critical role in fostering trust and safety in the county’s schools, and I’m proud to have played a part in improving officers’ relationships with the student body.”

According to Rowan County Sheriff Travis Allen, the new SRO will attend court and juvenile hearings, conduct welfare checks, provide back-up to other SROs, and provide education and training for students and staff. 

“We are prioritizing school safety in Rowan County and adding this new SRO will greatly enhance these efforts,” said Sheriff Allen. “This DOJ funding is certainly a boon, and I appreciate Senators Tillis and Budd for their support.”

“It is important that our students are safe in school. A new SRO will help relieve responsibilities of the primary SRO, thus furthering the development of positive relationships with the students which will, in turn, help to build trust,” said Sheriff Allen. 

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Contact:

Ann Kitalong-Will
Director, Grants Administration & Governmental Relations
[P] 704-216-8135 [E] ann.kitalong-will@rowancountync.gov

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