Norris Inc. is helping schools throughout New England access the $50 million in federal grant money set aside for the school violence prevention program. Public and private schools are currently eligible for security upgrades. The grant funding is through the federal COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

Norris Inc. is Northern New England’s premier commercial life-safety and security integrator. Norris specializes in the following:

  • Access Control Systems
  • Video Surveillance Systems
  • Fire Alarm Installations
  • Life Safety
  • Communications
  • Emergency Notification

The SVPP program requires that grant winners contribute something out of pocket toward the total cost of upgrades. The grant program will pay up to 75% of the price, and winners of the grant must pay 25%. Eligible upgrades include the following:

  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence against others and self
  • Metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures
  • Technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency
  • Any other system that the COPS Office determines may provide a significant improvement in security

Vigilance Software and their Emergency Notification System falls directly in this list, as an emergency notification solution.

There is up to $50 million in federal money available. The deadline for applying is April 29th. 

In order to qualify, you must be a government agency or unit of government, according to the COPS SVPP government site. Schools and municipalities qualify under the definition. Below is a quote from the COPS SVPP site.

“Applications for SVPP must be submitted by a state, unit of local government (city, county, township, etc.), or its public agencies (state agencies and units of local government agencies such as county or city public school systems, public boards of education, independent school districts, police departments, sheriff’s departments), or Indian tribes,” the site reads. “Recipients of SVPP funding must use the funding for the benefit of K-12, primary and secondary schools, and students.”

 Norris, Inc. can work with your school or school district. We are skilled and experienced to help with all your life-safety and security installation needs. 

For the grant program, you may want to consider an emergency notification system or an E-series network-based paging, intercom, and emergency signage system from Telecor. 

A standard stand-alone VOIP phone system is used for paging & intercom, but it is not supervised. Unfortunately, they do not meet national school safety standard NEMA/ANSI SB-40. A properly configured Telecor solution DOES meet the National School Safety standard.

Please email or contact Norris, Inc. if you have any questions on technical products or systems for the grant application. We can also help with information for budget pricing. We can also get you information on all our offerings, including vape/bullying detection, wireless clocks, and more. 

Let Norris help keep your students, faculty, and staff safe!

 What is Norris all about?

 Norris, Inc.—a South Portland, Maine-based life-safety and security systems integrator with satellite offices in Bangor, Maine; Lee, New Hampshire; and Burlington, Vermont—was founded nearly 40 years ago.

The enterprise strives daily toward its goal of advancing life-safety, security, and communications while seeking to grow in its status as Northern New England’s leading systems integrator. Norris provides fully integrated life-safety and security solutions, comprising disparate systems including fire alarm, intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, communications, and emergency notification and total systems integration via the Vigilance Systems Integration Engine and ENS.

Want to become part of the Norris family? We’re hiring!

Norris was acquired by the national security company Minuteman Security Technologies in early 2020. Minuteman is a privately-held, leading provider of enterprise security system technology solutions, including custom design, installation, development, and support services. Minuteman offers a diverse range of advanced security management systems, including video surveillance, access control systems, emergency communications, intrusion detection systems, and public safety security solutions, for a broad range of enterprise clients. Minuteman has Regional Office and Field Support locations across the US.