State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-New Bedford) announced today that the City of New Bedford has been awarded a state grant of $330,654 for Fiscal Year 2018 to advance public safety initiatives.

This Shannon Community Safety Initiative Grant award will enable New Bedford to fund its anti-gang programming, which includes community engagement and mentoring.

"Year after year, these grant funds allow New Bedford to build upon its successes in improving public safety, an issue all residents are concerned about,” said Rep. Cabral. “By focusing on outreach and mentorship, our public safety departments are getting to the root of the issue and providing opportunities to our youth that are so critical for their overall development.”

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security awarded a total of $5.2 million in grants to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth, following a competitive application process.

Rep. Cabral said the program "provides New Bedford’s youth with real opportunities in our community, creating a safer environment for us all.”

--Rep. Cabral's Office