GLOUCESTER 一 Chief Edward G. Conley is pleased to announce that the Gloucester Police Department has been awarded $35,000 in grant funding to improve road safety.
The $35,000 grant funds were made available by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and allocated by the Office of Grants and Research (OGR). This funding will be used to support the Municipal Road Safety Program, which assists in developing enforcement strategies to reduce roadway crashes, injuries, fatalities, and associated economic losses in Massachusetts.
Gloucester Police Department will use the funding to staff overtime shifts dedicated to motor vehicle safety, and traffic enforcement initiatives including, impaired driving, texting and driving, speeding, and pedestrian, crosswalk and cyclist safety.
Additionally, funding will be used to purchase bike helmets that will be available for residents free of charge.
“Road safety is extremely important and I would like to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for awarded us with this funding,” said Chief Conley. “We are committed to keeping our community safe and this funding allows us to do. We would like to remind community members to stay alert and avoid distractions while driving.”
Residents who would like to receive a bike helmet are encouraged to contact the Community Impact Unit at 978-325-5470.
About the FFY 2023 Municipal Road Safety (MRS) Grant Program
The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) allocated $5,000,000 in FFY 2023 grant funding to municipal police departments within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The grants are designed to provide substantial flexibility in addressing local traffic safety issues, allowing funding beyond enforcement to include equipment options and developing novel traffic safety programs.