NATICK -Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today, November 1, announced grant awards totaling more than $1.3 million in federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds to 77 local police departments.
The grants will help departments purchase vital equipment and technology that will provide additional protection to law enforcement officers and enhance security at schools in various communities.
“Our goal is to provide law enforcement officers with the most updated equipment and technology available to ensure their safety while they serve on the front lines to protect our communities,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “These awards will provide Massachusetts police officers with life-saving protective gear such as bulletproof vests, helmets and medical equipment as well as a range of technology items to bolster public safety.”
This competitive opportunity allowed local municipal police departments to solicit grant funding to address their equipment and technology related needs.
Priority was given to applicants that solicited funding for items that would further enhance overall protection of officers on the streets or for items that would provide additional safeguards to protect schools and students from random acts of violence.
“These funds are critically important as they will provide our schools with much needed security cameras, alarms and active shooter kits for our classrooms,”said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett. “It is unfortunate that we live in a time that we have to outfit our schools with these types of supplies but we cannot ignore the potential dangers and need to ensure that our youth, school personnel and officers have the technology they need to keep our communities safe and secure.”
“Many communities in the Commonwealth face budgetary challenges which limit their ability to raise or delegate funds for necessary equipment to make their jobs easier,” said President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Steve Wojnar. “Thanks to the efforts of the Baker-Polito Administration and Secretary Bennett and his staff at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Police Departments and Schools throughout the Commonwealth will have money to purchase vital equipment and technology designed to protect their law enforcement officers and enhance security in our schools.”
Natick will receive a $20,000 grant for helmets, bulletproof vests and medical equipment.
“The Natick Police Department is extremely grateful for the award of this grant,” said Natick Police Chief James Hicks. “This funding will allow us to enhance our current plans for Active Shooter Hostile Event response. The equipment to be purchased with this grant will provide personal protection equipment for our responding officers making them safer while performing the difficult task of making our schools and community safe during these events.”
“There is no question that the safety and security of our most vulnerable population such as our children – especially while they are in the secure learning environment of our schools – remains the number one priority of law enforcement,” said President of Massachusetts Major City Police Chiefs and Chief of Chelsea Police Department Brian Kyes. “Accordingly, it is absolutely essential that the police officers in our state have the necessary protective equipment and available technology to optimize that level of safety that our residents deserve both in and around our local schools as well as the neighborhoods in our cities and towns that we all call home.”
More than 75 municipalities and their police departments were selected to receive Local Law Enforcement Equipment and Technology Grants from the Executive Office of Public Safety.
Some of the other grants included:
- Acushnet received $19,919.65 for “Video & Remote Access System for Schools.”
- Billerica received $19,320 for “Surveillance Cameras for Schools.”
- East Bridgewater received “Video Surveillance Management System for Police Department and Schools.”
- Holliston received $9,125 for a “Public Safety Trailer for Police & School.”
- West bridgewater received $16,268 for “Video Surveillance Management System for Police Department and Schools.”