Senator Donoghue Announces Public Safety Grant Awarded to Lowell Police Department

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

Senator Eileen M. Donoghue (D- First Middlesex) is proud to announcethat the Lowell Police Department has been awarded $212, 774.07 through a competitive grantprogram from the Executive Office of Public Safety.“I want to thank Governor Patrick and Secretary Heffernan for making public safety a toppriority in the Commonwealth. This funding will help restore critical public safety jobs to theLowell Police Department which will ensure a safer community for our residents and at the sametime put people back to work at a time when jobs are so desperately needed.” said Senator EileenM. Donoghue.In conjunction with the Safe and Successful Youth program, the Shannon Community SafetyInitiative and the upcoming allocation of Edward A. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funding, thisaward for police staffing is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s effort at directing over$22 million in resources to reduce crime and strengthen our communities.“This comprehensive effort is designed to engage law enforcement agencies, municipalities, andcommunity based organizations to work together to reduce violence in our neighborhoods,” saidSecretary of Public Safety and Security Mary Elizabeth Heffernan.Lowell was one of eight communities eligible for this funding that met the grants requirementswhich included having a population of at least 65,000 and demonstrating that its policedepartment had an operating budget per capita of less than $200 in 2010. The department mayuse this funding for salary of personnel, employer paid fringe benefit costs, overtime costs andtraining of officers.“This funding is instrumental in maintaining public safety in the City of Lowell. In this timeof declining resources, the department is extremely grateful to have received this fundingfrom EOPSS. The LPD will utilize the funds to hire additional officers in the near future. Theadditional officers will allow the department to continue its community policing philosophy andassist in our efforts to proactively prevent crime in the City of Lowell. The LPD would also liketo express its gratitude to the members of the Massachusetts Legislature, by whom this fundingwas made available to cities and towns in the Commonwealth that were in dire need of additionalpublic safety funding,” said Lowell Police Superintendent Ken Lavallee.

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