Senator Donoghue Announces Grant to Hire More Police

OCTOBER 02, 2011

Lowell police plan to hire four or five new officers who could hit the streets within two or three months, thanks to a $212,774 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety that aims to help cities with low police spending.   Senator Eileen Donoghue announced the grant and thanked Secretary of Public Safety and Security Mary Elizabeth Heffernan and Governor Deval Patrick. The grant funds are part of the Patrick administration's $22 million initiative to reduce crime statewide.The grant is part of the Safe and Successful Youth Program, the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, and the Edward A. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant.Lowell was one of eight communities eligible for the grants, which were only available to cities with more than 65,000 residents, and with a Police Department operating budget of less than $200 per capita in 2010.Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee praised Donoghue and the city's Statehouse delegation for helping secure the grant.   Read the full story here.

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