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Andy X. Vargas was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November of 2017. He previously served on the Haverhill City Council. He is a member of the Black and Latino Caucus and sits on the following committees: Ways & Means, Education, Public Health, and Small Business.

 

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HPD Receives $255k public safety staffing grant from state



HAVERHILL, MA— The Baker Administration recently announced the award of more than $3 million in state fund grants to assist police and fire departments across Massachusetts to maintain public safety and emergency response core services. The Haverhill Police Department received a grant of $255,200, up $50,200 from the 2018 grant the department received.


“Having a well-staffed police department means a better protected city and a higher quality of life for our officers and residents,” said Representative Vargas in a statement. “Since my early days on the Haverhill City Council, I’ve supported the police department being fully funded so we can continue to make important strides in public safety. This grant helps protect Haverhill’s children and families, and I’m thankful to the Baker administration for their support.”


“The 2019 municipal staffing grant will provide our department with the necessary resources to positively interact with our community to proactively address the quality of life concerns that significantly impact our residents,” said Chief DeNaro in a statement. “This grant will also enable us to continue to provide services to those areas of the city hit particularly hard by crime on a continual basis throughout the year. The City of Haverhill is fortunate to receive such strong support from our elected officials in the commonwealth.”


“I’m pleased that the brave men and women of the Haverhill Police Department will again be receiving money through the Municipal Staffing Grant program, which will help them continue going above and beyond to keep their city safe,” said State Sen. Diana DiZoglio. “As we continue to battle the scourge of opioids in Haverhill, this money will go a long way toward maintaining adequate staffing to ensure that all corners of this city are well-policed and protected.”


“Our police officers are facing increasingly dangerous and demanding work and have assumed many additional responsibilities within our community. This grant from the Baker-Polito Administration will provide the community with additional and needed police presence in our neighborhoods,” said Representative Campbell in a statement.


“The success of communities like Haverhill and Lawrence depend on quality public safety departments. No one would dispute the value of our local police, and this grant funding will ensure both communities have the resources to support our men and women in uniform,” said Representative Minicucci in a statement.


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