42 U.S. Code § 3797a - Program authorized
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(a) In general
The Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (in this section referred to as the “Director”) is authorized to make grants to States, units of local government, and Indian tribes to provide improved security, including the placement and use of metal detectors and other deterrent measures, at schools and on school grounds.
(b) Uses of funds
Grants awarded under this section shall be distributed directly to the State, unit of local government, or Indian tribe, and shall be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through one or more of the following:
(c) Preferential consideration
In awarding grants under this subchapter, the Director shall give preferential consideration, if feasible, to an application from a jurisdiction that has a demonstrated need for improved security, has a demonstrated need for financial assistance, and has evidenced the ability to make the improvements for which the grant amounts are sought.
(d) Matching funds
(1) The portion of the costs of a program provided by a grant under subsection (a) of this section may not exceed 50 percent.
(2) Any funds appropriated by Congress for the activities of any agency of an Indian tribal government or the Bureau of Indian Affairs performing law enforcement functions on any Indian lands may be used to provide the non-Federal share of a matching requirement funded under this subsection.
(e) Equitable distribution
In awarding grants under this subchapter, the Director shall ensure, to the extent practicable, an equitable geographic distribution among the regions of the United States and among urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Source(Pub. L. 90–351, title I, § 2701, as added Pub. L. 106–386, div. B, title I, § 1108(b),Oct. 28, 2000, 114 Stat. 1501; amended Pub. L. 109–162, title XI, § 1169(b),Jan. 5, 2006, 119 Stat. 3122; Pub. L. 109–271, § 8(j),Aug. 12, 2006, 120 Stat. 767.)
2006—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 109–271, § 8(j)(1), substituted “The Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (in this section referred to as the ‘Director’)” for “The Attorney General, acting through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services,”.
Pub. L. 109–162inserted “, acting through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services,” after “The Attorney General”.
Subsecs. (b) to (f). Pub. L. 109–271, § 8(j)(2), substituted “Director” for “Attorney General” wherever appearing.