Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3.15 Million For Municipal Public Safety Staffing
BOSTON – December 23, 2016 – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett announced that 14 police and fire departments have received $3,150,000.00 in state grants to assist municipalities in maintaining public safety and emergency response core services.
“As two former local officials, the Lieutenant Governor and I understand the challenges many municipal budgets can face in a given year and we are proud to provide these grants to help cities and towns maintain the public safety staffing needed to handle the challenges they might face,” said Governor Baker.
“Our Administration deeply values the strong partnerships we have built with the Commonwealth’s cities and towns and we are proud to grant these funds to a number of deserving communities,” said Lt. Governor Polito.
The Massachusetts Municipal Public Safety Staffing Grant (MUNI) program assists eligible municipalities to maintain public safety and emergency response services by helping them address police and/or fire department staffing shortfalls; ten municipalities were eligible to apply for funding. All ten submitted applications on behalf of their police and four municipalities also requested funding for their fire departments. Funds can be used to restore, retain or hire police and fire personnel or for overtime if needed to provide adequate shift coverage to maintain appropriate staffing levels.
“The job of providing for the public’s safety is hard enough and these grants are intended to make it easier for communities to carry out those responsibilities by removing some of the uncertainties that arise from the budgeting process,” said Secretary Bennett.
The following agencies will receive an award from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security: