State Representative Kathy LaNatra (D-Kingston) announced today that the police departments in the towns of Kingston, Plympton and Duxbury will receive federal law enforcement funding for highway safety, crime prevention and education initiatives.
More than 160 law enforcement agencies will receive $7.8 million in federal grant funding made possible through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Announcement of the grants, which will provide access to equipment and strengthen training, crime prevention and enforcement initiatives across the Commonwealth, was made in a statement by Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas Turco.
The following funds were awarded to departments within the 12th Plymouth District:
Kingston – $20,000 from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and $40,000 from JAG for training and upgraded tasers
Duxbury – $34,687.85 from JAG for LIDAR radar technology, Cameras and Handheld Narcotics Analyzer
Plympton – $11,776 from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and- $19,783 from JAG for a message board, bulletproof vests and accessories
”I was thrilled to see Kingston, Plympton and Duxbury’s police departments within the 12th Plymouth District receive federal law enforcement funding,” said Representative LaNatra.
The JAG program is the leading source of criminal justice funding awarded by the Department of Justice to state and local jurisdictions. Local police departments, sheriffs, and the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) received a combined $4.6 million in funding for several needs, including protective equipment and communications infrastructure.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided $3.2 million to fund traffic enforcement campaigns, safety equipment, and non-enforcement activities by local police. All the initiatives contribute to reducing vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and loss of life.