BOSTON – Recently, Senator Nick Collins and Representative David Biele worked to secure additional public safety funding for Boston in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) State Budget.
In late April, through an amendment sponsored by Rep. Biele, the House added $50,000 for directed patrols in South Boston including Day Boulevard, Carson beach, M Street beach, and Castle Island.
Last week, the Senate approved the following funding items through an amendment sponsored by Sen. Collins:
- $300,000 for BPD gun violence prevention by the Youth Violence Strike Force in collaboration with faith based and nonprofit community organization; for the Street Outreach Unit patrols at Massachusetts Ave and Melnea Cass Blvd, and community policing in Areas C-6, C-11, B-3, E-18.
- $100,000 to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police force for dedicated patrols at Red Line stations south of South Station.
- $50,000 for State Police Troop H dedicated to patrols at state parks and beaches in Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park.
The debate now moves on to a joint House-Senate conference committee to be named in the coming days. Sen. Collins and Rep. Biele said they’ll be ensuring all of the aforementioned budget items make it to the Governor’s desk.
“This increase in public safety funding is critical and I am joining Rep. Biele in advocating to our colleagues in the House and Senate that they remain in the final version of the FY22 budget,” said Senator Collins.
“Nothing is ever guaranteed in the state budget,” said Rep. Biele. “I was proud to work with my colleagues to allocate funding for directed public safety services in our community and will continue to advocate in support of these important services as the budget process continues.”
By law, the State budget needs to pass both the House and Senate and be signed by the Governor before June 30 unless an extension is authorized. The upcoming fiscal year 2022 runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.