City of Lynn Promotes Crime Prevention Neighnorhood-by-Neighborhood
Mayor Patrick J. McManus recently joined forces with his Housing Authority
and Police Department to establish a new grant program designed to fight
crime and address public safety concerns neighborhood-by-neighborhood in
the Massachusetts city.
Safe Neighborhood Incentive Fund Grant Program promotes crime prevention
activities involving the police and neighborhood groups. Grants of up to
$500 are available to community groups to address an existing public
safety concern specific to their neighborhood.
program further establishes and fosters relationships between neighborhood
groups and our Police Officers," said Mayor McManus. "The grants
will be used to support these partnerships in targeting public safety
issues and enhancing the quality of life in our neighborhoods."
grants, totaling $15,000, are federally funded through the City's Local
Law Enforcement Block Grant. Disbursements of the funds are in the form of
micro-grants and are administered by the Lynn Housing Authority's
Neighborhood Development office.
Lynn Housing Authority believes it is important to support our local
neighborhood groups," said Charles Gaeta, Executive Director of the
Lynn Housing Authority. "The grants allow residents to work closely
with the Community Liaison Team Officers to improve their
neighborhood groups or non-profit community organizations are eligible.
Sponsoring organizations are required to meet with their Community Liaison
Team (CLT) Officer to discuss neighborhood public safety needs and
activities must address an existing neighborhood public safety problem or
issue. Grants may be awarded for activities such as field trips, safety
equipment, educational programs, crime and violence prevention activities,
cultural activities, etc.
must submit a brief report highlighting the accomplishments and activities
at the end of the grant period. Grant recipients also must be willing to
share information on their experiences with other neighborhood groups or
residents interested in crime prevention.
Police Chief Kevin Coppinger considers the grants a powerful incentive to
foster citizen involvement in their own neighborhood. "What better
tool could there be than the money needed to start a neighborhood project
long talked about but never acted upon?" asks Coppinger. "In
addition, an important side effect here is that the grants help solidify
police-community relations. Officers assigned to the neighborhoods can now
work together with the residents on a common goal that they identified as
important in their community."
of the first grants awarded was for a neighborhood clean-up.
The community and their CLT Officer identified an area as a public
safety issue that was known as a troublesome gathering spot. The area was
overgrown with brush and weeds, and littered with broken bottles, cans,
and other debris.
removing the dangerous debris and clearing the overgrowth, the area is
significantly more visible and attractive. The lot is much safer for
children and discourages group gatherings and illegal activity.
director Eduardo Maron praises the initiative as a good crime prevention
resource because it brings groups "out of the woodwork" and
establishes new relationships. "That means we are more aware of
what's going on and most importantly, people get to know their