State Rep. Crocker Secures Local Funding in State Budget

Massachusetts State House.

BOSTON – State Representative Will Crocker, (R-Centerville), has secured funding for several local initiatives in the House budget, including funding for the Barnstable Police Department and Barnstable Youth Commission.

Crocker was able to secure $25,000 in much needed funding for the Annual Youth Summit held in the town of Barnstable.

The free to attend program is open to all seventh-grade students and is hosted by students for students. The program works to equip our youth with the information needed to resist substance abuse, as well as address any other issues relevant to the community.

“I am so pleased to have been able to obtain the funding for the continuation of the Barnstable Youth Summit,” Crocker said.

“This annual event is critical for local seventh graders to learn valuable information about social services available to them, specifically opiate addiction services. I truly believe this program has made a real difference in the lives of the students involved.”

The funding will allow the summit to be held as planned in 2020 as the Barnstable Youth Commission continues to look for a permanent source of funding for future Youth Summits.

Additionally, Crocker advocated and secured $20,400 worth of funding for the continuation of the Community Service Officer Program in Barnstable.

“The Community Service Officers are truly the eyes and ears of the police department in and around Main Street in Hyannis,” said Crocker.

“Their presence has made a huge difference in the character and security of downtown Hyannis for our businesses, residents, and of course, our visitors. I am thrilled to see the funding for this important program was included in the House budget!”

The funding will allow for the Barnstable Police Department to effectively address the needs and concerns of the general population in high-trafficked areas and is expected to be especially helpful during the highly populated summer months.

The budget now moves to the Senate, which is expected to release its own spending proposal on May 8.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

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