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Brad Schimel

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel waves during Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State address in January.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is encouraging schools to apply for safety grants that Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Monday.

Walker signed the $100 million bill at a Kaukauna elementary school in the morning. The measure drew bipartisan support as it quickly made its way through the state Legislature. It establishes the Office of School Safety within the state Department of Justice to administer the grants targeted at security and building upgrades.

"I look forward to providing necessary training and resources to make our children safer and welcome these significant responsibilities because I know that DOJ is best suited to provide public safety leadership and expertise," Schimel said in a statement.

He said the Office of School Safety will be staffed by current DOJ employees until a director for the new office is hired.

Schools can submit a short letter of interest describing the project, which law enforcement agency they will be working with on the project and the approximate funding request in the meantime until the grant application process is finalized, Schimel said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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