Wolf taps former police chief to lead school safety board

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The head of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will also lead a group within the agency that will administer $60 million for school safety funded in a new state budget package.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday tapped commission chairman Charles Ramsey to head up the new School Safety and Security Committee.

The panel is being asked to develop ways to protect teachers and students and will distribute the grants to districts and other entities.

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The grants can go toward building improvements, security equipment, faculty training and anti-violence efforts, among other things.

The 17-member committee will set standards for assessing the safety and security of school buildings, training and help for students with behavioral health needs.

It will also conduct a survey to measure safety and security readiness.