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City of Woonsocket 2023 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant

Award Information

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Awardee County
Rhode Island
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $61,041)

The CITY OF WOONSOCKET will use JAG funds for several initiatives to significantly enhance our ability to provide public safety and/or improve the quality of life in our city, and to acquire vital officer safety equipment through the following programs: Bicycle patrols throughout the city, with special interest in city parks and recreational areas; Violent crime patrol in unmarked cars, proactive patrol designed to prevent violent crime and gather intelligence on perpetrators; Support the Police Explorers Program with the purchase of uniforms and equipment. This program brings police officers and young people between the ages 14-20 together to train in policing; Establish a Citizens Police Academy to educate the public on policing and to create lasting, positive relationships; Establish a self-defense course for women in partnership with a local self-defense instructor; Purchase ballistic shields, capable of withstanding rifle rounds; and Engage in a vibrant recruitment campaign, with recruiting videos, improved advertisement, and public recruiting events.

Date Created: November 7, 2023