NORFOLK — Chief Timothy Heinz is pleased to announce that the Norfolk Police Department has been awarded $18,864 in grant funds as part of the Municipal Road Safety Grant allocated by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR).
This grant will be used to fund officer overtime for traffic safety enforcement which begins in December of 2022 and continues until Sept. 15, 2023.
The FFY 2023 Traffic Safety Enforcement Campaign Schedule is as follows:
- Winter Impaired Driving: Dec. 1-31, 2022
- Distracted Driving: April 1-30, 2023
- Click it or Ticket: May 1-31, 2023
- June Speed: June 1-June 30, 2023
- July Speed: July 1-30, 2023
- Summer Impaired Driving: Aug. 12 to Sept. 15, 2023
In addition to funding overtime for these campaigns, funds will also be allocated for the purchase of traffic-related equipment including a new handheld radar unit and a replacement speed sign board Officers Jason Keen and Daniel Mazzola chose to purchase to support these campaigns.
“I want to recognize the tremendous work demonstrated by Traffic Officers Mazzola and Keen on preparing for and acquiring this grant,” said Chief Heinz. “These two officers spent countless hours collecting information, gathering statistics and submitting documentation required for the grant application. Their thoroughness and dedication to this mission, undoubtedly, allowed the Norfolk Police to successfully be awarded this grant.”
The grant is part of $10.9 million in federal grant funding awarded by the Baker-Polito Administration earlier this month to 186 municipal and state agencies for road safety improvements.
The grants provide police departments funding to address local traffic safety issues through enforcement, new equipment and novel traffic-safety programs. The goal is to support traditional enforcement activities and develop new strategies to reduce roadway crashes, injuries, fatalities, and associated economic losses in Massachusetts.
Since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has distributed approximately $70 million in highway safety grants. The grants provide equipment, training, and enforcement resources for local communities.