Federal funds have helped maintain our public safety personnel, ensuring the
Beginning in fall 2009, over $19 million in ARRA funds were awarded to 85 Career, Call, and Volunteer fire departments across the Commonwealth. Departments have used funds to rehire previously laid off firefighters, maintain existing staff, and support overtime expenses. Stations have been re-opened, brownouts have been reduced or eliminated, and fire companies have been brought back into service. Since November 2009, 263 firefighters in 85 cities and towns have been supported by the Recovery Act.
Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds are supporting municipal police staffs, funding employment initiatives and jobs for youth, and maintaining vital services in state public safety agencies. In each of these initiatives, the focus has been preserving or creating jobs crucial to sustaining and enhancing public safety. More than $6 million in JAG funds have been awarded to 35 cities and towns to support police departments' re-hiring laid off officers, hiring of new officers, and supporting overtime and other personnel costs. An average of 72 full-time equivalent police officers have been supported each quarter since January 2010.
Preventing Violence against Women
Over the past year more than $2.5 million in Violence Against Women Act Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (VAWA STOP) grants have funded district attorneys' offices, nonprofit agencies, police departments, and the Administrative Office of the Trial Court to address domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Preventing Internet Crimes against Children
The Massachusetts State Police Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force is using ARRA funds to investigate and prosecute cyber crimes against children. So far, with this funding, the ICAC Task Force has investigated nearly 275 cases resulting in 24 arrests. The ICAC Task Force and affiliated agencies also provided training for over 500 law enforcement officers and other professionals and spearheaded public awareness events designed to protect children by promoting awareness of internet safety, cyberbullying, and sexting.
National Guard Bureau
The Massachusetts National Guard received $9.4 million for 8 energy efficiency projects to upgrade building systems and increase energy efficiency. Building upgrades include new windows, insulated siding, re-pointing and sealing of the building envelope, boiler replacements, and HVAC and latrine upgrades to help the facilities comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Also, 8,700 Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard and Reserve components from neighboring states benefited from this funding while they utilized Camp Edwards for advanced military training.