Plymouth, MA

Town of Plymouth Seeks Public Input On Criminal Justice Grant Funds

Dianna Carney

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The Town of Plymouth "seeks public input on the Plymouth Police Department’s application for funds through the FY2022 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant" it announced in a press release on Friday, July 15th. The Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program provides critical funding to support a wide range of criminal justice program areas. The public has until July 28, 2022 to submit all comments and ideas to the Plymouth County Administrator.

This grant originated from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Bureau of Justice Assistance. The program is designated to provide money to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on local needs and conditions.

Some programs that can be funded by the grant include but are not limited to crime prevention & education programs, drug treatment & enforcement, and crime victim & witness initiatives.

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Goals according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security Office of Grants & ResearchCommonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security Office of Grants

Some goals that are stated in the Bryne JAG annual report include reducing firearm-related crime, and youth violence, reducing gang association and activity, reducing the incidents of domestic violence, preventing, enforcing, and treating substance abuse (including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and alcohol).

This grant program, offered by the U.S. Department of Justice, provides funding to criminal justice departments for additional personnel, equipment, supplies, training, and technology, etc." - Town of Plymouth

The Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is authorized by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 which was "designed to assist State and local governments in reducing the incidence of crime and to increase the effectiveness, fairness, and coordination of law enforcement and criminal justice systems at all levels of government."

The public is welcome to submit any comments, questions, or ideas relative to this grant program to Frank Basler, Plymouth County Administrator (fbasler@plymouthcountyma.gov), by July 28, 2022." - Town of Plymouth

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