Lisa A. Holmes, Chief of Police
401 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
West Newbury Police Department Receives Grant to Fund New Laptops
WEST NEWBURY — Police Chief Lisa A. Holmes is pleased to report that the West Newbury Police Department was recently awarded funding through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $24,960.14.
A total of $1 million was available to municipal law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth, to address law enforcement equipment and technology needs. The West Newbury Police Department will be using the grant to replace the aging Mobile Data Terminals in each of its police cruisers.
The grant is very timely. The computers were past the end of their expected lifespan, and the department was actively looking to replace them due to their age and issues with reliability.
“The West Newbury Police Department is very pleased to have been chosen to receive this award,” Chief Holmes said. “The funding will be used to maintain the Department’s position as a modern public safety agency that embraces the latest technology resources.”
About the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program:
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants & Research (OGR) is responsible for administering the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, a grant program originating from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The JAG Program is authorized by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, and is designed to provide funding to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on local needs and conditions.
The JAG Program provides critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections; drug treatment and enforcement; crime victim and witness initiatives; and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.