PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has announced that South Dakota has received three grants totaling almost $2 million to help South Dakota school districts prevent and address threats of violence.


The grants come from the Bureau of Justice’s STOP School Violence Program.


Noem says one grant, for just under $1 million  will allow the state to establish a School Safety Resource Center. The center can help distribute best practices for school safety, requests for training for threat recognition, and handle requests for physical security assessments for K-12 school building.


Two other grants, worth $500,000 each, will focus on establishing prevention and mental health training programs in conjunction with mental health professionals, and will  focus on technology and threat assessment solutions for safe schools programs.