BOSTON – A second round of violence prevention funding has been awarded to the Salisbury Police Department and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, State Representative Michael A. Costello and State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives announced today.
The Salisbury Police Department, which collaborated with Newburyport and Amesbury on its application, will receive $63,000 for drug awareness and drug enforcement efforts.
The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will receive $51,570 for its domestic violence rapid response team.
The money was awarded by the Executive Office of Public Safety as part of the federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Grant program.
“This funding will continue to support critical criminal justice initiatives in my communities like drug education and drug enforcement by our local law enforcement officers,” Representative Costello said.
“I have been a long-time supporter of Suzanne Dubus and the outstanding work that she and the domestic violence team do at the Crisis Center so I am excited to see support for those programs continue as well,” he added.
“I appreciate that the Executive Office of Public Safety has recognized the work of our local police departments to reduce drug-related crimes by providing this second round of grant funding,” said Senator Ives. “And, this grant funding is critical to the continued successful operation of the Domestic Violence High Risk Team, a nationally respected model, which addresses and reduces the risk of homicides associated with domestic violence.”
“We’re very fortunate in these difficult financial times to be granted this money again. We look forward to working with our other partners in Amesbury and Newburyport to continue to reduce drug use and drug violence,” said Salisbury Police Chief Tom Fowler.
The first round of Byrne grants were awarded in February 2012. The Byrne Grant is designed to provide seed money to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on local needs and conditions.