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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Justice Assistance Grants to Cities and Towns

Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced that 27 cities and towns will receive a total of $2,169,409 in funding from the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program offered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research (OGR).

“These grants offer strong support for our municipal law enforcement partners and the communities they serve to tackle some of the most difficult challenges they face,” said Governor Baker. “Youth violence and the opioid crisis are just two areas where we are combining forces to make a positive impact in communities across Massachusetts, and it is my hope these grants will expedite our progress.”

“Local police know best which solutions will work for their communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, “and these grants allow them to seek funds in support of policy objectives that are specific to their localized needs.”

Our local police work tirelessly to protect and serve our communities,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett. “These awards are well deserved and my office is committed to doing all that it can to provide the resources necessary to assist our local officials in their public safety efforts.”

The JAG Program provides Massachusetts local governments with critical funding for a range of programs that support local law enforcement, including programs for prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. The round of grants announced today are specifically aimed at helping local police departments develop programs for the following areas:

  • Substance Abuse Enforcement and/or Intervention with an Emphasis on Opioids;
  • Youth Violence Prevention, Delinquency Prevention, School Safety, and/or Youth Engagement;
  • SMART Policing; and
  • Improving Coordinated Responses to Mental Health.

Click here for a full list of grant recipients.