Mike Reilly testifies at Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on School Security Challenges in America
On Monday July 9, 2018, I had the honor and privilege of appearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee to address School Security Challenges in America. I want to thank Chairman Rep. Daniel M. Donovan and Ranking Member Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. for inviting me to participate in the discussion.
The Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and Communications field hearing was held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Newark Campus. I highlighted the efforts Community Education Council 31 has made in advocating for greater security protocols. Our advocacy helped increase emergency drills, training, and grant opportunities for schools and districts throughout New York State. Additionally, the NYS legislature and Governor adopted CEC 31’s recommendation to authorize school districts to hire retired police officers to supplement school security. During my testimony, I also recommended improvements to communication, training and planning where I think our federal partners could play an integral role.
My written testimony can be viewed here:
You can watch the field hearing here:
The U.S. Department of Justice has $2 Billion dollars in grant opportunities related to improving security for schools and districts across the country. Far too often these funding opportunities are not publicized. During the hearing, my fellow panelists and I asserted the need for the federal and state governments to improve notification to stakeholders about any and all grant opportunities.
View the panelists and their submitted testimony here:
COPS – Community Oriented Policing Services
U.S. Department of Justice – Grant opportunities
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE, AND COMMUNICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE