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Nahant: A state grant of nearly $20,000 will fund security updates at the Johnson Elementary School

NAHANT — Nearly $20,000 from the state will allow police to install surveillance and access control systems at the Johnson Elementary School.

“Upon hearing of this funding availability, my focus was immediately on school safety and security,” said Police Chief Robert Dwyer. “This grant will allow us to install a new security system for the Johnson School, which will be linked directly to the Police Department.”

Dwyer said securing the $19,800 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security was a collaborative effort between himself and Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi.

“We are both committed to keeping our students and faculty safe and secure,” said Dwyer.

The cash award was one of 77 to police departments for the purchase of equipment and technology that will provide additional protection to police and enhance security at schools.

“Our police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities, including our schools, safe,” said Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn). “We must continue to fund grants like this to make sure that they have the resources needed to get the job done.”

The Lynn Police Department also received $19,769 for active shooter bail-out bags in every cruiser. Revere Police received $20,000 for computers in cruisers, and Peabody netted $20,000 for surveillance cameras.

Priority was given to applicants that solicited funding for items that would enhance protection of officers on the streets or for items that would provide safeguards to protect schools and students from violence.

“Our goal is to provide law enforcement officers with the most updated equipment and technology available to ensure their safety while they serve on the front lines to protect our communities,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in a statement.

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