Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $1,918,864)
The Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program (EFLEA) intends to provide assistance to States with unexpected law enforcement emergencies existing throughout the State or a part thereof that surpass the capacity to respond. The program was designed to address extraordinary circumstances that have the potential to create serious threats to public safety by providing financial support for alleviating damage and for actions taken to prevent further losses. Specifically, the purpose of this program is to provide necessary assistance to (and through) a state government to provide an adequate response to a law enforcement emergency, defined as an uncommon situation which requires law enforcement, which is or threatens to become of serious or epidemic proportions, and with respect to which state and local resource are inadequate to protect the lives and property of citizens, or to enforce the criminal law.
The grantee will utilize EFLEA funds for the response to and investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15, 2013. Funds will be used for costs associated with the extraordinary law enforcement response to the large-scale criminal/terrorist event that impacted the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and are not reimbursable by other federal funding sources. This funding will also be utilized to assist the Massachusetts State Police, the Boston Police Department, the Cambridge Police Department, the Watertown Police Department, the Stoneham Police Department, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department to recover costs related to significantly enhanced security patrols in the weeks following the bombings, investigative costs to identify and apprehend the suspects, and crime scene and forensics activities at the various crime scenes in Boston, Cambridge, and Watertown, Massachusetts.
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