Northampton, Amherst police win DOJ grants

Published: 11/15/2016 11:34:26 PM

The Northampton and Amherst police departments each received $92,000 this week from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund key positions.

The DOJ awarded the departments grants from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance program administered by the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

In Northampton, the money will be used to fund the salary, benefits and equipment needs for school resource officer Josh Wallace, the department wrote in a Facebook post. The department received a similar grant last year to fund the position.

Wallace spends three days a week at Northampton High School, two days at John F. Kennedy Middle School and is available as a resource for the city’s elementary schools as well as Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, according to the Facebook post.

In Amherst, the money will be used to fund the neighborhood liaison officer. Amherst Police patrol officer William Laramee currently serves in that position. Police Chief Scott Livingstone called the announcement “really good news.”

Without it, Livingstone said there was the potential that the department wouldn’t have been able to fund the position.

The department also received the grant the previous year which allowed for the creation of the neighborhood liaison officer position.




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