9 public safety news, awards & updates from Massachusetts to Wisconsin

The world of public safety grants is always moving and it never stops! Here are some recent awards, updates, and opportunities for the Fire Service, Law Enforcement, and more:

Pennsylvania: $120k in grants to go to Centre County fire companies

The money will be used for equipment upgrades and general support, according to State Representative Paul Takac (D-Centre). The grant awards were made possible by federal American Rescue Plan dollars through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

State of North Dakota disperses ‘Back the Blue’ grants to help with recruitment challenge

The Minot Police Department will receive more than $100,000, and the department will use it to provide hiring bonuses for recruits— $1,000 in the first paycheck and $4,000 after two months of in-house training.

Tennessee: MTSU Police putting $1.8 million in upcoming campus safety upgrades

MTSU landed the funds from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs’ Higher Education Safety Grant within the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration earlier this year as part of a larger pot of $30 million split between other state higher education institutions.

The department also earned a $5,000 High Visibility Enforcement Grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to improve traffic safety across campus.

Wisconsin: Rock County Sheriff’s Office recognized as recipient of opioid grant

In April, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services provided 12 law enforcement agencies with grants to help end the opioid epidemic. Of the 12, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office was given on of the biggest amounts of financial help to the tune of $328,676.

Illinois: Joliet Taskforce Awarded Over $2 Million State Grant To Combat Carjackings, Car Thefts

Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias said on Wednesday more than $11 million in new grants to assist law enforcement agencies throughout the state in protecting against the surge in carjackings and vehicle thefts.

MA, MN, WI: U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces Winners of 2024 Police Reform and Equitable Justice Grants

In this fourth year of the competitive program, judges have again selected one winner in each of three city population categories: large (over 300,000), mid-size (100,000 – 300,000), and small (under 100,000).

New York: Peekskill Police Department Receives State LETECH Grants

The Peekskill Police Department received $316,406 in state Law Enforcement Technology (LETECH) funding for necessary technological or equipment upgrades for the department. The funds are part of $127 million provisioned in the FY2024-2025 State Budget for police departments and sheriff’s offices outside of New York City to upgrade technology and equipment.

New York: $1.5 million in state funding headed to Putnam police departments

The funds will enable police departments and sheriffs’ offices to purchase new technology and equipment while modernizing their operations. The grants cover a range of equipment and technology, including license plate readers, mobile and fixed camera systems, computer-aided dispatch systems, software, unmanned aerial vehicles, gunshot detection devices and smart equipment for patrol vehicles and police officers.

Funding received in Putnam includes: $81,500 for the Brewster Police Department; $408,840 for the Carmel Police Department; $119,412 for the Putnam Sheriff’s Department; $150,290 for the Kent Police Department and $255,000 for the Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services 911 Center.

New York: North Hornell Police receive grants for equipment

The police department got a total of about $129,000 from three separate tax-funded grants in 2024. One of the grants was from a previously announced New York State Law Enforcement Technology Grant, and the others were from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program. The North Hornell Police broke down how they’ll be spending all of the funds they got this year.

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