Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 6, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Awarded $100,000 Grant for Mobile Command Unit
Selected As Part of the Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 Program
BURLINGTON — Police Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that the Burlington Police Department was chosen as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 through the Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. The Burlington Police Department was chosen from more than 430 applicants during a very competitive review process.
The grant will fund a Mobile Command Unit, which will facilitate greater effectiveness in the management of critical police incidents where the lives and safety of people are at stake. A Mobile Command Unit is a special vehicle designed and equipped to serve as the command post from which leadership, direction, and control are employed to manage critical incidents.
“A Mobile Command Unit is such a vital resource to public safety, and it greatly increases the likelihood of best possible outcomes during critical incidents,” Chief Kent said. “Thanks to the Cummings Foundation, we now have the means to attain this resource to make Burlington and our neighboring communities a safer place for everyone.”
The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits, like the Burlington Police Department, that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this “place-based” initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed by its affiliate Cummings Properties.
“Cummings Foundation is very committed to the local communities where the staff and clients of the Cummings organization live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to support very worthy nonprofits like the Burlington Police Department that are working tirelessly for the benefit of the people they serve.”
About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it recently joined Barr Foundation and The Boston Foundation as one of the three largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass. Additional information is available at CummingsFoundation.org.