The Concord Police Department has been awarded a $69,000 grant by the Brenden Mann Foundation to fund downtown patrol officers for the 2013 calendar year. In addition to ensuring public safety, the officers will collaborate with business owners, downtown stakeholders, and other City departments to resolve quality of life issues. The officers will also work with local homeless outreach organizations to offer shelter and services to the homeless, and lessen their impact on local businesses.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the Concord Police Department on this important downtown development effort,” commented Foundation President Johnny Brenden.
The grant begins on February 1 and concludes December 28, 2013, funding bicycle and foot patrols on Friday and Saturday evenings. Officers will be performing proactive problem solving in the immediate downtown area, from the Terminal Shopping Center to the Park and Shop Center. These officers will supplement patrols assigned to weekday events in the downtown Concord area.
The grant funding follows a pilot grant awarded by the Brenden Mann Foundation to the Concord Police Department in 2012 that provided for weekend bicycle patrols in the later portion of the year. The pilot program had considerable impact on the downtown and contributed greatly to the safety and quality of the area.