Rumbo | January 1st, 2015 | Edition 470 | Lawrence, MA
State Senator Barry Finegold, State Representative Frank Moran, State Representative Marcos Devers, State Representative Diana DiZoglio and Mayor Dan Rivera, announced in a press conference earlier today that the city has been awarded a state public safety staffing grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security totaling $1,005,294 to fight crime in Lawrence.
“These grants will help us keep our police force on the street; specifically, it will allow us to redeploy our summer noise reduction vehicle, continue our walking patrols on Essex Street and Broadway and begin to re-staff our community policing efforts,” said Mayor Rivera. “Lawrence would not be getting safer without this help from our State Delegation.” Additionally, the City of Lawrence was awarded a Shannon Community Safety Initiative Award of $328,680 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. The Shannon Grant specifically targets at-risk youth.
“Over the last few years we’ve seen a significant decrease in the Lawrence ccrime rate, a direct result of the municipal police staffing grant. Maintaining public safety in our communities has always been a top priority of mine, and I am proud to have Lawrence recibió una dádiva por más de $1M para combatir el crimen Lawrence received over $1M grant to fight crime worked with the Lawrence delegation to secure this grant in each of the last four state budgets,” said State Senator Barry Finegold.
“The City of Lawrence needs more police officers and this increase in funding should make a big difference,” said State Representative Frank Moran.
“I am happy to help get these targeted dollars that will make the community safer and increase the quality of life for all of our residents,” said State Representative Marcos Devers.
"The City of Lawrence having the ability to hire additional police officers is a development to be celebrated. I look forward to seeing the impact of this critical investment, which will no doubt immensely benefit our local law enforcement,” said State Representative Diana DiZoglio.
The city has been making strides towards making Lawrence safer. The funds received in this staffing grant will help the force to create new ways to not only combat crime, but to be pro-active in preventing it. “These funds will help our department continue to run at a high speed,” said Interim Police Chief James Fitzpatrick. “It will allow us to focus more police in hot spots and towards targeted crime reduction, such as auto theft.”