Recovery Act Impact: Leominster Police Department
"We have some good success stories," said Leominster Police Chief Peter Roddy.
The Department received two stimulus-funded Justice Assistance Grants -- $50K and $102K - that they managed to use in a variety of ways. From supplies to equipment to community policing to technology to youth programs, these grants were used to upgrade programs and implement new initiatives and establish long term projects that will ensure that the citizens of this city are kept safe.
"This is seed money," said Mayor Dean Mazzarella. "We will keep all this going."
Among the programs Mazzarella is referring to is crime mapping that the city can
The grants paid for overtime funds so the Department could start community policing patrols. These are effective in reducing crime and in building community - the police officer walk their neighborhoods, get to know the local citizens and check business after hours - and are a way to provide community members with tips on how to better protect their property.
The Department was also able to set up a Regional Task force with Police
With the grants, the Department was able to purchase a graffiti removal machine which reduces the impact of area gangs and a traffic counter which helps the Department pinpoint the best time for enforcement. A youth services program was started as well as a junior police academy.
"Stimulus bailed us out," said Roddy.