Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito, alongside EOPSS Secretary Thomas Turco, today announced funding through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. A total of $4.3 million was awarded to 155 local law enforcement departments across the Commonwealth.
The JAG program is a federal resource, a leading source of criminal justice funding, and is awarded to state and local jurisdictions by the Department of Justice. The funding itself is used to support program areas such as enforcement, prosecution, drug and violence prevention and education.
“The Edward J. Byrne program provides critical funding for law enforcement departments in municipalities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “The grant funding supports a wide range of programs and allows our law enforcement departments to have access to the essential resources that they need to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.”
“In these challenging times, our law enforcement officers deserve the funding from the JAG Program to support critical functions of their departments that keep our communities safe,” said Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton). “I am grateful to the Baker Polito Administration for their continued commitment to supporting our law enforcement officers.”
“As law enforcement departments are already stretched thin adjusting to COVID-19 it is great to see this investment in our municipalities,” said Representative David LeBoeuf (D-Leicester). “This program provides officers the tools they need for pro-active policing and to keep all of our neighborhoods safe.”
“The JAG Program offers much needed funding to our local law enforcement departments,” said Representative Muradian (R-Grafton). “I am confident that the towns of Northbridge and Upton will put this funding to good use and continue to make our communities a safer place to live.”
“The JAG funding awarded to Shrewsbury will support our law enforcement professionals in their efforts to uphold the law, and in turn will serve the entire community,” remarked Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury). “I am grateful to the JAG Program for this critical funding”
“On behalf of the Upton Police Department, I would to thank Senator Moore and Representative Muradian for their continued advocacy for law enforcement and the town of Upton,” said Upton Chief of Police Michael Bradley. “This funding will improve our existing body worn camera program by providing updated hardware, software and storage capabilities to ensure the continued success and transparency of our operations.”
Within the Second Worcester District, the following towns were awarded funding through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.
• Auburn: $20,843.57, for protective cases and mounts for grant-purchased iPads, as well as for medical equipment.
• Leicester: $18,413.05, for tasers and ballistic plates.
• Northbridge: $39,969.73, for cameras, computers, and overtime costs.
• Shrewsbury: $16,680.00, for a subscription to the “See It, Send It” app, audio recorders, and a laser mapping system.
• Upton: $32,125.00, for body worn cameras and accessories.
• Worcester: $30,000.00, for pole cameras and accessories, as well as license plate readers and accessories.
The funding will be administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research.