Frost and Moore Announce Local Public Safety Grant Funding

by | Nov 27, 2020

Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) and Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) are pleased to announce the Town of Auburn has been selected in the latest round of federal grants for matters of public safety.

The Baker Administration has instructed the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to designate funding for the Town of Auburn in the amount of $20,843.57 for medical equipment and protective cases and mountings for communication devices.

The award is part of an annual initiative known as the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which has totaled $4.3 million in support for the Commonwealth this year. The federal program is the premier source of criminal justice funding provided by the Department of Justice for state and local jurisdictions; which seeks to support drug and violence prevention and education, as well as enforcement and prosecution among other areas.

Auburn has also been named a recipient of another federal grant, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As part of traffic enforcement campaigns such as “Click it or Ticket”, the money will be utilized toward the reduction of vehicle crashes, injuries, losses of life, and the resulting economic costs. The Auburn Police Department is set to receive $19,814.

Representative Paul Frost (R-Auburn) said, “I appreciate the Baker-Polito Administration for awarding these federal public safety grants to a community in my district. These grants will help our communities and local police departments carry out their daily mission to serve and protect.”

“The Edward J. Byrne program provides critical funding for our law enforcement departments to have access to the essential resources they need to perform their duties to the best of their abilities,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “The grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for our road safety campaigns helps to ensure the protection of residents every time they step into their car.”

Auburn was among the 161 Municipal Police Departments to receive a share of this year’s $3.2 million grant to Massachusetts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.