NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — City officials are making a major monetary investment in the New Bedford Police Department.
In a press conference Tuesday, Mayor Jon Mitchell said the city is providing the department with $566,000 and 11 new police cruisers.
The New Bedford City Council recently approved $7.6 million to upgrade and replace the city’s public safety radio communications, including fiber infrastructure, design and implementation.
“Public safety is the first priority of city government, and that includes investing in equipment and facilities to give officers the tools they need to do their jobs,” Mitchell said. “Replacing aging police vehicles, updating our communication system and providing upgraded facilities are all necessary investments for the police department.”
Chief Joseph Cordiero said the New Bedford Police Department has invested over $100,000 in other equipment, including portable radios and 40 active shooter kits, with the help of an equipment grant.
The New Bedford City Council also approved construction of the South End Public Safety Center, which is the first new fire and police station built in the city in decades. Crews are scheduled to break ground on the project later this year.