Public safety, Portland police get a combined $1.13M in federal grants

Posted July 10, 2012, at 1:52 p.m.
Last modified July 10, 2012, at 3:42 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Republican U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced Tuesday a combined $1.13 million in federal grant awards to state and Portland law enforcement agencies.

According to a joint announcement by the senators, the Maine Department of Public Safety will receive $1.02 million from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program to help “strengthen Maine’s efforts to combat illicit drugs.”

The Portland Police Department has been awarded $110,264 from the same program “to purchase equipment, technology and … training to enhance law enforcement capabilities,” according to the senators.

Portland city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg told the BDN Tuesday city police will receive $94,697 and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will be granted the remainder of the locally awarded funds. She said the Portland police will put the grant funding toward for training, a lobby information kiosk, tasers and cartridges, desktop computers and an assessment center for promotions.

“This Department of Justice funding will help our hard-working law enforcement officers get the essential equipment and key resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Snowe and Collins in a joint statement. “Funding provided through the JAG program is critical to communities across the nation and in Maine and continues to provide vital support for law enforcement activities that serve to safeguard our communities.”