HARRISBURG – Gov. Josh Shapiro announced that more than $8 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants have been awarded to 166 schools in PA to improve school safety. Grants can be used to create safer school communities in a variety of ways, including purchasing safety equipment, implementing new programs, and hiring security personnel and school resource officers. Shapiro said  every student in PA deserves a safe learning environment, and these grants will help schools all across the Commonwealth invest in the resources and staff they need to keep students, teachers, and staff safe. Forty-three local education agencies received equipment or program grants totaling $1.94 million; 20 received funding to hire school police officers totaling $1.4 million; and 20 received grants to hire school resource officers totaling nearly $1.5 million. Approximately $3.4 million was awarded to 83 nonpublic schools for equipment and programming. The list of awardees can be found on the PA Department of Education’s Office for Safe School website.