For Immediate Release - November 14, 2016

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.78 Million in Crime Control and Prevention Funds

22 Police Departments to Receive Awards to Support Their Initiatives

Boston – November 14, 2016 – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett announced that $1.78 million has been awarded to twenty two police departments through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. The JAG Program provides seed money to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on local needs and conditions.

“Law enforcement officers face a complicated range of challenges every day as they work to prevent crime through innovative policing strategies,” said Governor Baker. “By providing targeted funding, these grants are intended to sustain those efforts and deliver a lasting positive impact for communities around Massachusetts.”

“Through a clear understanding of the problems facing their communities recipients of these grants have great insight into possible remedies, and we are proud to be strong partners in this effort,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

All proposals are required to include a law enforcement nexus and are structured with a primary focus on targeting local public safety concerns. 

“I am pleased that the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is able to partner with police departments in ways that address the need for solutions to the challenges facing their communities,” said Secretary Bennett.

More information on the JAG program and Local Law Enforcement Program Implementation projects is available here: The Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

The agencies receiving a grant award from EOPSS under the Local Law Enforcement Program Implementation are as follows:

Police Department Award
Amherst Police Department $92,075.00
Ashland Police Department $95,000.00
Boston Police Department $69,990.14
Braintree Police Department $20,440.61
Brookline Police Department $81,646.12
Cambridge Police Department $100,000.00
Chelsea Police Department $100,000.00
Dennis Police Department $72,443.00
Fall River Police Department $83,182.00
Haverhill Police Department $98,446.00
Holyoke Police Department $100,000.00
Lawrence Police Department  $100,000.00
Leicester Police Department $93,936.74
Lowell Police Department $55,000.00
Malden Police Department $97,132.55
New Bedford Police Department $100,000.00
Newton Police Department $94,863.20
Northampton Police Department $91,699.75
Oak Bluffs Police Department $41,932.53
Revere Police Department $38,485.00
Salisbury Police Department $99,994.80
Yarmouth Police Department $60,000.00


The JAG Program is authorized by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and is designed to provide seed money to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on local needs and conditions. JAG provides Massachusetts with critical funding necessary to support a wide range of program areas including but not limited to enforcement, drug and violence prevention, treatment, victim witness protection, evaluation, and technology improvement projects as it relates to the criminal justice field.