WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded New Jersey more than $820,000 in federal funds to improve security in and around schools.
“New Jersey’s students and teachers should never have to worry about their safety in our schools,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds this program. “This funding will help ensure New Jersey students have the safest and most secure places to learn and grow.”
“The safety and wellbeing of our children are always a top priority,” said Menendez. “These grants aid efforts to ensure New Jersey classrooms are as secure as possible, so that our children can focus on learning and not worry about safety.”
This funding is part of the COPS Secure Our Schools Program, which helps law enforcement agencies work with schools to improve security by purchasing metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures. Funding can also be used for security assessments and training for students and teachers.
In total, 10 New Jersey communities will share $820,543 in funding from the Secure Our Schools program. The awards under this grant include:
- Burlington Township – $200,000
- Union City – $152,416
- Woodbridge Police Department – $151,405
- Secaucus Police Department – $81,293
- Vernon Township – $79,946
- Lyndhurst Township – $50,000
- Rutherford Police Department – $48,273
- Scotch Plains Police Department – $39,500
- Edgewater Police Department – $16,500
- Berkeley Police Department – $1,210
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