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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Public Safety Grants to Support Local Law Enforcement and Youth Summer Programming

The programs are designed to prevent juvenile delinquency, foster and enhance positive relationships between youth and local police, and provide youth with a balance of recreational and educational life lessons during the summer recess.
For immediate release:
7/24/2018
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Public Safety Grants to Support Local Law Enforcement and Youth Summer Programming

Felix Browne, Communications Director

Lt. Governor Polito and Essex County Sheriff Coppinger with kids attending the Youth Leadership Academy.

BOSTONToday, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett announced seven grant awards to Sheriff’s Departments and District Attorney Offices to help to sustain and expand local law enforcement’s summer day programs for youth. The programs are designed to prevent juvenile delinquency, foster and enhance positive relationships between youth and local police, and provide youth with a balance of recreational and educational life lessons during the summer recess.

“These funds are crucial to advance our goal of preventing juvenile delinquent behavior and activity by offering inner city youth an opportunity to participate in a safe, positive and structured summer program,” said Governor Baker. “Working with youth principally in urban areas, we are addressing the important priority to build healthy relationships between youth and local law enforcement officials.”

“We can’t underestimate the importance of community policing and the value of having our law enforcement officials directly involved in these programs for our youth,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “These officers serve as role models and build lasting relationships with the youth that they serve that will go far beyond these summer programs.”

“These awards will go a long way in protecting our young people by providing a safe and nurturing environment for them this summer and I commend the District Attorneys, Sheriffs and Chiefs for their dedication for the integral part they play in this effort,” said Secretary Bennett. “I would like to thank the Office of Grants and Research and the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee for their hard work and for understanding the tremendous value of having our law enforcement, teachers, and community leaders all work together to free our communities of violence and other illegal activity.”

The following list contains the seven grantees and their award amounts:

Agency

Award Amount

Berkshire District Attorney’s Office

$11,000.00

Bristol County Sheriff’s Office

$20,000.00

Essex County Sheriff’s Department

$19,378.30

Middlesex District Attorney’s Office

$18,723.97

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

$23,336.33

Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office

$15,480.00

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

$17,081.40

Total Grantees: 7

$125,000

Funding was made possible by the Title II Formula Grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. They are designed to strengthen partnerships between state and local law enforcement and also with local education officials, juvenile justice stakeholders and community leaders.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Public Safety Grants to Support Local Law Enforcement and Youth Summer Programming

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