COHASSET — Chief William Quigley is pleased to announce that the Cohasset Police Department has been awarded more than $36,000 in federal grant funds allocated by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR).
The Cohasset Police Department received a $11,973 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a $24,041.76 grant from the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.
The grants were part of $7.8 million in funding that the Baker-Polito Administration allocated yesterday to provide access to equipment and strengthen training, crime prevention and enforcement initiatives across the Commonwealth.
The JAG program provided $4.6 million to fund needs such as protective equipment and communications infrastructure. The Cohasset Police Department will use their portion of the funding to pay to replace bicycles for the CPD bike unit, which have not been replaced in more than two decades. Funds will also be used to upgrade several radios used by officers assigned to harbor patrol. The new radios, which are waterproof, will allow for communication on several bands, including direct contact with the US Coast Guard during emergencies.
The NHTSA provided $3.2 million to fund traffic enforcement campaigns, safety equipment, and non-enforcement activities to help reduce vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and loss of life. The funds are allocated to local agencies by the OGR.
The Cohasset Police Department is among more than 160 law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth that were awarded grant funding.