For immediate release: March 14, 2014

(BOSTON) – State Representative Mark J. Cusack was pleased to join Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Police Chief Russell Jenkins Thursday morning to outline their plans for state funding that Representative Cusack was able to secure for Braintree in the Fiscal Year 2014 state budget.

Braintree’s additional $100,000 will help to improve traffic enforcement, enhance the Police Department’s efforts at the South Shore Plaza, and provide significant upgrades to the Communications and Emergency Operations centers that will allow the department to respond to incidents in a more organized and uniform fashion.

“I’m happy to have successfully fought to secure this money for Braintree,” said Representative Cusack.  “This equipment will provide additional tools to the men and women of the Braintree Police Department and help increase the safety of our town.”

“This is great work by Representative Cusack” said Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan “we will use this money to achieve greater levels of safety and traffic management throughout Town.”

“The Braintree Police Department is excited to enhance our communications, IT, criminal investigations and traffic enforcement with the grant that was made possible through Representative Cusack’s effort,” said Chief Jenkins.  “This grant is a true force multiplier as some of the technology that we will be purchasing will greatly improve our patrol and traffic efforts.”

The town plans to purchase several speed signs that will collect data on rates of speed throughout the community, as well as a LiveScan finger print scanner so that apprehended individuals can be booked onsite at the plaza.  Left over funding will be used for other technological upgrades throughout the department.

“The mobile speed readers will go a long way to help control speeding in our neighborhoods and the upgrades to the police substation at the South Shore Plaza will help increase the safety of our residents and visitors to our town,” added Cusack.

In the Fiscal year 2013 state budget, Representative Cusack was able to secure $50,000 for the East Braintree Fire Station renovation.