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HAMILTON — Chief Russ Stevens is pleased to announce that the Hamilton Police Department has been awarded two federal grants totaling $28,494. Both grants were awarded by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research.

Funds for these grants are made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG).

These grants were part of $7.8 million in funding that Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito’s Administration allocated to provide access to equipment and strengthen training, crime prevention and enforcement initiatives across the Commonwealth.

The JAG program is the leading source of criminal justice funding awarded by the Department of Justice to state and local jurisdictions. Funds awarded through the JAG program will be utilized to initiate a Body-Worn Camera program for the Hamilton Police.

The NHTSA provided $3.2 million to fund traffic enforcement campaigns, safety equipment, and non-enforcement activities to help reduce vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and loss of life. Funds awarded from the NHTSA will be utilized for motor vehicle education and safety programs as well as for enforcement.

The Hamilton Police Department is among more than 160 law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth that were awarded grant funding.