BOSTON – Police departments in Grafton and Westborough recently received grants through the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research.
Westborough was awarded $48,901 through the federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The money will fund the purchase of an active shooter protective barrier and protective shields, as well as pay for officer training.
“Making sure police officers have the equipment they need to stay safe on the job is critically important to keeping our communities safe,” said state Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury). “I’m thrilled to see that the [Maura] Healey-[Kim] Driscoll administration has awarded funding to Westborough Police to purchase protective equipment for its officers. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Representative [Hannah] Kane and all my colleagues to fight crime and protect our constituents.”
Grafton was awarded $35,497, also through the JAG program; the grant will fund the purchase of mobile data terminals.
“The Grafton Police Department works tirelessly to keep our community safe on a daily basis,” said state Rep. David Muradian (R-Grafton). “I was happy to learn they were selected as a grant recipient for this critical funding, and I look forward to seeing all the good that comes from this money.”
Earlier this year, OGR held a competitive application process with the intention of awarding approximately $2.5 million. OGR subsequently secured additional federal JAG funds and has awarded grants totaling $4,970,845.54.