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SAVE Program

Stop Arm Violation Enforcement (SAVE) Grant Program

Grant Status Closed

Launched in 2019, the SAVE program was created by ICJI to provide safe transportation routes for students going to and from school in Indiana. Grants are awarded to law enforcement agencies to conduct high visibility patrols targeting stop arm violations, speeding and reckless driving around school buses and school zones when children are present. Follow-up investigations utilizing on-board dash camera footage from school buses or other reported violations are also eligible activity and encouraged to deter stop arm violations.

The FY23 program will include two operational periods from April 1, 2023 – April 30, 2023  August 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023. Working hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday on days when school is in session. Agencies are encouraged to work with local bus drivers and school transportation officials on patrol routes and strategies.

The SAVE program is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Purpose Areas

As designated by the federal granting agency and ICJI, SAVE funds may be used for traffic safety initiatives:

  • Decrease crashes, fatalities, and injuries.
  • Decrease impaired driving crashes, fatalities, and injuries.
  • Increase compliance with school bus stop arm laws.
  • Increase compliance with seat belt laws.
  • Increase compliance with child passenger safety laws.
  • Increase compliance with impaired driving laws.
  • Increase compliance with distracted driving laws.
  • Increase compliance with speeding laws.


All law enforcement agencies in the State of Indiana with paid officers (full-time and part-time) are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a need for increased enforcement in their community and the willingness to commit to traffic safety priorities. If selected, must adhere to all of the requirements outlined in the request for proposal

Please note: All applicant agencies currently receiving funding from ICJI must be current on all reports related to such funding. Delinquent reports may disqualify an applicant agency from consideration for funding through any grant program through ICJI.

The award period for the 2023 SAVE grant shall be April 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023.

Projects should begin on April 1, 2023 and must be in operation no later than 30 days after April 1, 2023. Failure to have the funded project operational within the time allotted may result in the cancellation of the grant and de-obligation of awarded funds. Projects must conclude no later than August 31, 2023. Funding obligations must be made prior to August 31, 2023, and the Final Financial Report submitted via IntelliGrants within 30 days from August 31, 2023 (grant end date).

All program activity must be completed by the end of the approved award period.

Enforcement activities include:

  • Traffic patrols using marked and/or unmarked patrol vehicles.

  • Investigating stop arm violation complaints from video or submitted report forms.

  • Use of team patrols for ride along on buses as a spotter, or a plain clothes spotter vehicle and an enforcement vehicle.

Administrative activities Include:

  • Public Information and Education (PI&E).
    *Example: Meeting with bus drivers regarding the program and the department(s) involvement.

  • Completion of paperwork and reporting.

  • Administrative costs are limited to 10% of the total funds expended for the project.

SAVE subgrantees are required to submit quarterly programmatic reports via IntelliGrants and the OPO Database.


  1. Period One: Due July 31, 2023
    Period of Work: April, May, June

  2. Period Two: Due September 30, 2023
    Period of Work: July, August

SAVE Patrols should be listed under “Other Patrols” within the OPO Database.


  1. Pre post media.

  2. Program Totals report from OPO Database.

Additional quarterly performance measures, narrative reports, and financial reports should be submitted as directed in IntelliGrants. To validate requests for reimbursement, supporting documents must be included for the reported expenses, to demonstrate “proof of payment” and the details of the expense.


  1. Officer Activity Sheets (officer signature and second approving signature).
    Bus Number and Route Times must be listed on each OAS in the Significant Events Box.

  2. Employee paystubs.

  3. Sheriff/Chief letter.

  4. Personnel Details Report from OPO Database.

  5. Admin log (if applicable).
    *Note: Coordinators for admin time must complete ADMIN time on an ADMIN Log and receive a second approving signature to be accepted for payment.

All grant awards will be monitored by a program manager and/or Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) using a combination of desk reviews and site visits. Additionally, the program manager will review all submitted reports for timeliness and accuracy. Delinquencies and report contents will be addressed as needed.

ICJI staff will conduct an initial screening of the proposal to check for completeness of the application, as well as a risk assessment for all applicants. Funding awards will be determined based on several factors including: school district size, fleet size or number of school buses in use, and the funding requested/spent over the last two years. Eligible applications will be recommended for funding and presented to the Traffic Safety Division Director and ICJI Executive Director for consideration.

Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered for review.


SAVE subgrantees are required to submit quarterly programmatic reports via IntelliGrants and the OPO Database. For a complete list of reporting requirements, view the "Reporting Requirements" section above or review the FY23 Request for Proposal.

IntelliGrants or OPO database

  • SAVE results

    FY2021 SAVE results

    CitationsTotal FY2021
    Stop Arm Violations 288
    Seat Belt 96
    Child Restraint 6
    Misdemeanor DUI 2
    Felony DUI 1
    Automatic Signal Violation 30
    Suspended License 126
    Speed 470
    Criminal Misdemeanor 9
    Criminal Felony 2
    All Others 423
    Total Citations 1453
    Warnings Issued 1166

    FY2020 SAVE results

    Citations Total FY2020
    Stop Arm Violations 201
    Seat Belt 94
    Child Restraint 6
    Misdemeanor DUI 2
    Felony DUI 1
    Automatic Signal Violation 38
    Suspended License 112
    Speed 852
    Criminal Misdemeanor 11
    Criminal Felony 4
    All Others 380
    Total Citations 1,701
    Warnings Issued 1,553
  • Awards
    CountyDepartmentAward Amount
     Allen  Allen County Sheriff's Department $24,000
     Blackford  Blackford County Sheriffs Office $3,000
     Boone  Boone County Sheriff's Office $30,000
     Brown  Brown County Sheriff's Department $12,000
     Clark  Sellersburg Police Department$12,000
     Dearborn  Lawrenceburg Police Department $10,000
     Decatur  Decatur County Sheriff Office $5,000
     Dubois  Ferdinand Police Department $2,200
     Elkhart  Elkhart County Sheriff $10,000
     Fulton  Fulton County Sheriff's Department $2,400
     Grant  Grant County Sheriff's Dept. $10,000
     Hancock  Hancock County Sheriff's Department $4,000
     Hendricks  Brownsburg Police Department $33,000
     Howard  Kokomo Police Department $9,000
     Jefferson  Jefferson County Sheriff's Department $6,000
     Kosciusko  Winona Lake Police Department $12,000
     La Porte  LaPorte Police Department $12,000
     La Porte  Michigan City Police Department $6,000
     Lake  Hammond Police Department $30,000
     Lake  Hobart Police Department $90,000
     Lake  Merrillville Police Department $8,000
     Marion  Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department $80,000
     Martin  Martin County Sheriff's Department $2,500
     Miami  Peru Police Department $4,400
     Multiple (DeKalb, Lagrange, Steuben)  Angola City Police Department $3,300
     Orange  Paoli Police Department $1,800
     Perry  Cannelton Police Department $2,200
     Perry  Perry County Sheriff's Office $7,000
     Porter  Hebron Police Department $12,000
     Shelby  Shelby County Sheriff's Department $9,000
     Tippecanoe  Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office $13,500
     Wabash  North Manchester Police Department $6,000
     Warrick  Newburgh Police Department $2,500
  • Past RFPs

Police Agencies

For the purpose of issuing citations, below is a link to the Indiana code that references stop arm violations.

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In Indiana, schools may petition the county council or a township board (in a county having a consolidated city) to receive funding for reimbursement for school bus stop arm cameras.

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Technical Assistance

For assistance regarding the SAVE grant program, please contact your regional Law Enforcement Liaison.

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