Boston - Tuesday, Senator Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn), Representative Robert F. Fennell (D-Lynn), Representative Steven M. Walsh (D-Lynn), Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead, and Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus) announce that Lynn has been awarded $202,143 for community policing.
In conjunction with the Safe and Successful Youth program, the Shannon Community Safety Initiative and the upcoming allocation of Edward A. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funding, this award 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 funding was made available through an amendment in the budget that was filed. During the budget deliberations, Representative Steve Walsh co-sponsored the amendment in the House, and Senator McGee co-sponsored the amendment in the Senate.
“This comprehensive effort is designed to engage law enforcement agencies, municipalities, and community based organizations to work together to reduce violence in our neighborhoods,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Mary Elizabeth Heffernan.
Senator McGee said, “I was glad to work with the members of the Lynn delegation to make sure that this amendment was included in this year’s budget.
These funds will help to continue the efforts to keep police on our streets. It is important that violence preventions remain a priority for our city.”
Representative Robert Fennell said, “I am very pleased that during these tough economic times the legislative delegation has been able to work together and provide the additional funding the Lynn Police Department needs to continue in their efforts to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe.”
“I am thrilled that Lynn was one of the few communities chosen to receive this police department staffing assistance,” said Representative Walsh. “Having more available officers not only helps to keep our neighborhoods safe, but provides more opportunities for our police force to engage with local organizations and participate in public safety initiatives.”
“This is great news for the City of Lynn and its police department,” said Representative Ehrlich. “I am thrilled that the city will be able to use these funds to keep more officers on the streets to advance public safety through community policing.”
“I am grateful to hear that the Lynn Police Department will be receiving additional funding for the Community Policing Program,” said Representative Donald Wong.“The bi-partisan efforts of the lawmakers that represent Lynn further illustrates our ongoing commitment to public safety both in Lynn and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”