NJ.com: 10 N.J. police departments awarded $12.2M to hire, rehire officers

Nine cities and one county in New Jersey will share $12.2 million in federal funding meant to create and protect police officer jobs.

The US Department of Justice announced yesterday that it was distributing about $124 million of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, money to police departments nationwide. US Attorney Paul Fishman announced today the portion of those funds that will be allocated to New Jersey departments.

COPS money can be used by state and local law enforcement agencies to hire and rehire community police officers, Fishman said. The program, which allocates money to municipalities based on financial need, crime rates, and community policing plans, provides salaries and benefits for officer hires for three years, he said.

Ten local recipients across the state should expect the following grant amounts, Fishman said:

Town

Estimated Amount

Total # of Officers

Asbury Park

$750,000

6

Camden County

$3,248,200

15

Irvington

$1,000,000

8

Jersey City

$1,875,000

15

Long Branch

$625,000

5

Newark

$1,875,000

15

Paramus

$623,592

5

Phillipsburg

$125,000

1

Trenton

$1,500,000

12

Wildwood

$625,000

5

“Local law enforcement is in the streets every day working to reduce violent crime and create safer neighborhoods,” Fishman said in a release about the COPS program.

“Putting more cops on the beat helps to build community trust, and that is one of the most effective things we can do to combat crime.”

Ronald Davis, the director of the COPS office, said in the release that he was “pleased” to help fund local police department hires.

“Funding for this year’s program will allow many cities and counties to apply new sworn personnel to issues related to violent crime, property crime, and school safety.”

Since 1995, the COPS program says it has awarded over $14 billion to police agencies across the country.

Originally posted at: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/09/10_nj_police_departments_to_share_122m_to_hire_rehire_community_cops.html


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