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Ohio School Alert System

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $603,000)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), furthers the Department's mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in improving the criminal justice system and assisting communities in preventing drug abuse and crime. In fiscal year 2007, the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program will focus on funding local, regional, and national efforts within six major categories: 1) targeting violent crime; 2) preventing crime and drug abuse; 3) enhancing local law enforcement; 4) enhancing local courts; 5) enhancing local corrections and offender reentry; and 6) facilitating justice information sharing. All categories combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio is the fiduciary agency for the Ohio School Alert System Project. The Ohio School Alert system is a school emergency communications network built and operated by US Communications Corporation (ComCorp) in partnership with the FOP of Ohio. US CompCorp in collaboration with FOP of Ohio will conduct the Ohio School Alert System (OSAS) Pilot Study to determine how to provide emergency alert services on an ongoing basis. The study will concentrate on numerous questions that will affect the financial and logistical viability of a statewide school emergency communications service as a part of their schools' preparedness plans. The goal of the OSAS Pilot Study is to determine how best to maintain a safe school environment while accomplishing the objective of parental notification during an emergency. US ComCorp and FOP Ohio will: study how to build and maintain a statewide school alert system cost efficiently; identify how First Responders will benefit from a school alert system; improve school/parent communications through an automated communications service; and, reduce the danger to students during an emergency.


Date Created: September 17, 2007