TROY, N.Y. – The City of Troy will receive two federal grants which will be used to keep kids safer.
The United States Attorney from the Northern District of New York, the Mayor of Troy, Police Chief and Police Commissioner along with the District Attorney from Rensselaer County announced the two grants, one of which is for $375,000.
The first grant will be used to hire three school resource officers or SRO's. Those are officers that are based in schools, focused on security and crime prevention. An officer will be placed at the middle school. another at the high school, and a third with the Lansingburgh School District.
The second grant is much smaller, just under $8,000 which will be used to start a Troy Peer Court. This would be an alternative to the traditional Juvenile Court System. It targets those between the ages of 11 and 17, dealing with first time offenders who've been charged with either a misdemeanor or status offense.
Anya Burke, a Troy Middle School student said "They are there to protect us and keep us safe and they are always there, every day and every time I see them I feel safer."
Other students who will see the benefits of the $383,000 in grant money also spoke about how they feel safer at school.
"These children need consistency," said Troy High Principal Joe Mariano, "And having that consistent face to create not just that baseline relationship but someone they know they can go to every single day and talk to or have questions about things that are happening in their life that they might not feel so comfortable talking to maybe a school personnel about."