BOSTON – Senators John Kerry and Edward Kennedy, along with Congressman Steve Lynch, today announced that the Canton Police Department will receive $33,100 from the Department of Homeland Security as part of its Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP).

"Our first responders put their lives on the line and the least we can do is give them the very best equipment. This funding will allow the Canton Police Department to purchase the tools they need to get the job done and maximize safety,” said Senator Kerry. "I commend DHS for providing our state’s law enforcement agencies with the equipment and technology they need, and I’m grateful to the men and women of the Canton Police Department for their dedication and hard work.”

"I commend the police officers of Canton on their hard work and dedication to public safety,” said Senator Kennedy.  "They risk their lives each day to protect the citizens of Canton and deserve the best possible equipment to help them in their jobs they do so well. This federal funding is well-deserved.”

Congressman Lynch said, "Chief Ken Berkowitz and the Canton Police Department are doing an outstanding job at protecting the safety and security of the people of Canton. This new surveillance equipment enhances video images and will better enable the Department to identify suspects and prevent crime. I’m thankful that the Department of Homeland Security recognized the hard work and commitment of Chief Berkowitz and his Department, and stepped up to provide this state-of-the-art equipment.”

CEDAP provides first response training and equipment to law enforcement agencies and other emergency responders.

$36.4 million in equipment and training has been awarded under the Department of Homeland Security to 2,000 first responder agencies nationally as part of FY 2006. For more information on CEDAP visit: