Western Mass Receives $90,000 in Crime Prevention Funds

BOSTON—State Senator Eric P. Lesser announced that Springfield, Ludlow, and Granby are slated to receive funding from the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program to support local activities to prevent and control crime.

“Crime prevention is paramount not only to our public safety, but also to the economic prosperity of our community,” Senator Lesser said. “This grant comes at an important time as budgets are tight, and will give much-needed help to our local police officers."

$30,000 in grant funds were allotted to Springfield and Ludlow, along with $29,181 to Granby.

State Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst) praised the funding as a boost to ongoing crime prevention efforts.

“I am so happy for the release of this funding, which will help Granby and the surrounding area build stronger, safer communities,” said Rep. Ellen Story. “Our local law enforcement can always benefit from added support.”

State Representative Thomas M. Petrolati (D-Ludlow) said the grant comes at an ideal time for law enforcement officials in Ludlow.

"The monies provided will bring additional assistance to the Ludlow Police Department, and also allow continuity in the continuation of the various crime prevention programs dependent on grants such as these to survive,” he said.

The JAG Program provides critical funding necessary in support of crime control and prevention, 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.