Community Policing

$19,500 was awarded to the Marblehead Police Department by the Executive Office of Public Safety Programs Division for community policing projects in fiscal year 1996.

The grant was announced by the Governor's office yesterday. The grant application was written by Lt. James Carney of the Police Department and Town Planner Rebecca Curran.

The grant will provide funding for the creation of a bicycle patrol (purchase of two police "mountain" bikes and related equipment and uniforms). It also provides for police overtime funds for the bike patrol at special events, extension of our current pager lease for all members of the department, and $10,000 towards the purchase of a "voice-mail" system for the department to assist in on-going investigations and cases.

Officer Donald Decker has been designated by Chief John Palmer as the Community Policing Coordinator and is currently engaged in a community-wide survey involving between 300 and 500 households to determine ways to improve police services to the public and business sectors.

The main focus of the grant will be to increase positive police/citizen contacts, increase police visibility in business and residential districts, and to identify and address specific problem areas related to the community survey.