Most of the money, about $7.4 million, will pay for the salaries and benefits of 95 school-resource officers for 102 schools, including Mesa Public Schools and Paradise Valley Unified School District.
Some schools are expected to share school-resource officers, armed police officers who provide security and law-related education to students and staff.
Schools receiving funds were previously chosen through a competitive grant-application process two years ago. The Education Department’s school-safety program grants are approved for three years but reviewed on an annual basis.
The San Carlos Unified School District, which was approved for two school-resource officers in the previous year, was the only district not renewed for the coming school year.