BALTIMORE (WJZ) — 54 local business districts and 250 nonprofit organizations have received nearly $10 million in grants for security improvements as part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s $500 million “Re-Fund the Police” initiative, state officials said Thursday.
Funds can be used to make upgrades that activate rooms and bring more “eyes on the road,” as well as security upgrades like lighting, cameras, and security patrols.
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“Our $500 million Re-Fund The Police initiative includes neighborhood safety grants to support hardware upgrades, lighting, cameras and enhanced security services for community organizations, business districts and major thoroughfares across the state,” Hogan said. “With this first round of funding, we are empowering local organizations and residents to take an active role in making their communities safer.”
In Baltimore, 23 local business districts received grants ranging from $66,000 to $100,000 from Community Safety Works, including Hamilton – Lauraville Main Street, Inc., which plans to build a playground on a vacant lot, Hogan’s office said.
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In all, the state awarded more than $4.4 million main street groups in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne, Somerset, Talbot, Washington and Worcester counties, and Baltimore City.
Nonprofit organizations such as places of worship, schools, community centers, charities, clinics and museums received nearly $5.4 million for improvements.
The program is administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
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“The Community Safety Works program provides a new resource and model for recovery with a specific focus on crime reduction,” said Home Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “This new initiative will help make Maryland communities more welcoming and safer for residents and visitors alike.”
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