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Police grant keeping kids off streets

Money making a difference where it matters most

February 02, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Southbridge Police Department is hard at work implementing the goals set by the Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant they received in 2009.

The grant, which was given by the United States Department of Justice, focuses on four different projects and was for $48,462.

The first part of the grant gives $8,000 to help clean up the streets by removing mattresses and couches. It also pays for police overtime and $3,000 of it goes toward supplies for the project. The police work with landlords of apartment buildings to help clean up the area surrounding their buildings to help attract potential tenants.

The second part of the grant was for $10,000 and focused on extending school hours to allow parents to work longer hours and not have to worry about their children's whereabouts.

The police began a basketball program on Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. at Wells Middle School. This program is an extension of the Cops N Kids Program.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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