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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces Nearly $350,000 in Local Public Safety Grants

For immediate release:
7/15/2021
  • Office of Grants and Research
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Nearly $350,000 in Local Public Safety Grants

Timothy McGuirk, Communications

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BostonThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced that police and fire departments in 40 Massachusetts cities and towns will share $345,337.95 in grant funding for equipment, technology, training, and planning for first responders. The awards were financed by the Commonwealth Security Trust Fund (CSTF) grant program and disbursed by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR).

“Our administration is proud to support first responders across Massachusetts with these new grant awards,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By meeting critical needs for rescue equipment, protective gear, and other lifesaving tools, the Commonwealth Security Trust Fund grants will help keep them safe and support their important work.”

“Local police and fire departments respond to every type of emergency and can face unexpected danger on any call,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “The Commonwealth Security Trust Fund helps our cities and towns train, prepare, and equip them for the hazards they may have to confront on any call.”

Under Chapter 10, Section 67, of the Massachusetts General Laws, the CSTF grants are funded by revenue received from the sale of “United We Stand” license plates and interest earnings. The recipients and award amounts are determined by a Board of Trustees drawn from state government, law enforcement, the fire service, and relatives of Massachusetts victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

This year’s awards range from $1,320 to $20,000 and will allow the purchase of lifesaving equipment such as water rescue craft and firefighting foam, communications devices including radios and laptops, and protective materials like ballistic vests and turnout gear.

“These grants will make a difference to police officers, firefighters, and the communities they serve,” said Undersecretary Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, who serves as chair designee of the CSTF Board of Trustees. “We’re grateful for the chance to make these funds available to public safety professionals across the Commonwealth.”

“The highly competitive Commonwealth Security Trust Fund grant program is just one of the resources we offer to help train and equip the state’s first responders,” said Kevin Stanton, Executive Director of the Office of Grants and Research (OGR). “The OGR team is committed to helping Massachusetts cities and towns protect and serve their residents and communities.”

The CSTF’s primary purpose is to provide grants enhancing local police and fire departments’ emergency response capabilities, including responses to acts of terrorism. It also funds year-round upkeep and maintenance for the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial and Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial, honoring first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.

A full list of recipient agencies and awards is below:

City/Town

Department

Award

Purpose

Agawam

Fire

 $5,995.00

Inflatable water rescue craft

Ashby

Police

 $5,047.26

Laptop

Ashfield

Fire

 $16,500.00

7 Sets of structural turnout gear

Belchertown

Fire

 $5,280.00

4 Drums of Class A foam

Boxborough

Fire

 $5,255.92

8 Protection vests

Bridgewater

Police

 $5,540.70

5 Portable radios; 55 radio batteries

Brockton

Police

 $10,671.36

8 Portable radios

Brookline

Fire

 $9,390.85

Active shooter training and practice radios

Brookline

Police

 $7,152.14

Radios; Medical equipment; PPE; Tents;

Cheshire

Fire

 $13,600.00

ProteSction equipment

Cohasset

Fire

 $6,201.88

Mobile data terminal; 4 atmospheric monitors

Dudley

Fire

 $20,000.00

8 Sets of structural gear

Holbrook

Police

 $2,712.28

4 Sets of protective equipment; 10 Bola wrap devices

Holyoke

Fire

 $11,720.00

2 Ice rescue sleds; 6 Ice/water rescue suits

Leominster

Fire

 $15,424.20

12 Ballistic gear sets

Lincoln

Fire

 $5,738.00

Ballistic plates; vests & helmets

Lincoln

Police

 $3,300.00

Ballistic helmets

Lowell

Fire

 $9,000.00

4 hearing protection w/ comms

Lynnfield

Fire

 $9,781.00

Gas meters

Marion

Fire

 $5,976.00

Active shooter training

New Braintree

Fire

 $1,320.00

4 Active shooter helmets; 3 Portable radios

North Adams

Police

 $7,450.00

Bodily protection equip.; med bags

Pepperell

Fire

 $10,000.00

4 Radios; 4 speaker mics; 4 batts. & chargers

Pepperell

Police

 $8,709.49

Road closure barriers

Phillipston

Police

 $11,266.61

Cameras

Pittsfield

Police

 $7,816.00

Equipment & training

Plympton

Fire

 $11,110.00

Training: Stop the Bleed/Active Shooter

Revere

Police

 $2,549.00

Ballistic helmets; Medical supplies

Rockland

Fire

 $8,905.00

7 Tablets

Rowe

Police

 $9,960.00

Laptop; display & video conferencing system

Shelburne

Fire

 $9,946.00

8 Breathing appartuses

Shirley

Police

 $10,552.00

Active shooter gear

Southampton

Fire

 $11,250.00

Skid unit & trailer

Southborough

Police

 $7,516.00

Portable radios

Southwick

Fire

 $8,475.00

Mounted tablets

Stow

Police

 $5,000.00

Casualty care equipment; Training equip.

Upton

Police

 $6,671.36

3 Portable radios

Warren

Fire

 $7,620.25

13 Radios

Worcester

Fire

 $19,808.65

Portable radios

Yarmouth

Police

 $5,126.00

First aid; laptop/modem; binoculars

Total:

 $345,337.95

 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Nearly $350,000 in Local Public Safety Grants

Office of Grants and Research 

The Office of Grants and Research oversees the distribution and administration of grants, and conducts research, related to criminal justice, anti-drug and violence prevention education, law enforcement and traffic safety. The Office is divided into four divisions: Justice and Prevention, Highway Safety, Homeland Security and Research and Policy Analysis, which maintains the Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center.

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 

EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.
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