Fall River awarded $94,386 in federal grant money to purchase public safety equipment

Fall River will receive $94,386 in federal grant money to purchase new public safety equipment, U.S. Reps. Bill Keating and Joseph Kennedy III announced Wednesday.

The 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant will fund the purchase of a new command center vehicle, equipment for the command center and a new cruiser, officials said.

“It is important to recognize the many responsibilities that our local law enforcement personnel bear every day, and for this reason, I have been an avid supporter of DoJ’s JAG program while in Congress,” Keating said in prepared remarks.

“I know I speak for many when I say that I am very grateful for the work our police officers do to keep our communities safe. This funding will help the Fall River Police Department deliver services to our community through the purchase of vital equipment, and I am honored to do what I can to help those who work so hard to protect us,” Keating said.

Kennedy, in a press release to announce the grant, said the funds will help law enforcement officials across Bristol County “coordinate to keep our communities safe.”

“From equipment and technology upgrades to expanding the capacity of our local forces, this funding will provide key support to the men and women working tirelessly to reduce crime and protect public safety across Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton and Attleboro,” Kennedy said.

Mayor Will Flanagan said in a prepared statement that he was honored that the city was selected as a grant recipient.

“Our federal delegation continues to go above and beyond to support our community and the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our community safe,” Flanagan said.

The Justice Assistance Grant, administered by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, is “the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions,” according to the bureau’s website. The grants can be used for various public safety purposes that include law enforcement, prosecution, crime prevention and education, drug treatment, technology upgrades and witness initiatives.

Originally appeared in the Fall River Herald