Framingham is one of 10 communities statewide to receive the state Municipal Staffing Grant, which is designed to help police and fire departments maintain staffing either through new hires or to pay for overtime.
Framingham received nearly $50,000 for the Police Department and about $64,000 for the Fire Department.
In total, the state awarded $4.56 million in grants Tuesday at a ceremony in Brockton.
“The Municipal Public Safety Grant Program empowers local leaders by providing additional resources to help meet public safety needs in their communities,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “We appreciate our strong collaboration with municipalities across the commonwealth and are grateful for the protection and life-saving work performed by our first responders.”
Lt. Go. Karyn Polito said in a statement that the grants will help communities provide public safety services at levels that are expected.
“We are proud to partner with municipalities to ensure their ability to maintain essential emergency services that keep our communities and residents safe,” she said
In Framingham, Fire Chief Michael Dutcher said the money will help pay for overtime to fill positions that are open due to firefighters serving in the military or attending the firefighting academy
“We currently have two active deployments going on,” said Dutcher. “We’ll use it to backfill the positions and it’s a relief to the budget and helps us to maintain services.”
Other communities to receive grants included Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Newton, Malden and Somerville.
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