Senators Announce More Than $1.5 Million In Federal Funding For New Jersey Police Departments

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding to support New Jersey police departments, including nearly $217,820 for Union County $96,249 for New Brunswick.

Local agencies will receive the funding through the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which helps agencies invest in technology, equipment, and training to prevent crimes in local communities.

“This federal funding will help local law enforcement throughout New Jersey keep our communities safe,” said Lautenberg. “While violent crime persists in Newark, this nearly half a million dollar grant will help provide relief to a department that has been hurt by budget cuts and layoffs. Tough economic conditions are not an excuse to shortchange public safety, and we will keep fighting in Congress to make sure federal resources are available to help New Jersey’s police officers and law enforcement.”

“Even in these difficult economic times, the safety of our communities must be a top priority,” said Menendez. “That’s why it is important for us to continue making these federal investments in law enforcement agencies so that our first responders can be well-trained and well-equipped to carry out their jobs safely and effectively.”

The Byrne JAG program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. These awards will provide local agencies with funds to purchase equipment and software for first responders. In Newark, this funding will build on a program that places uniformed officers in neighborhoods with high crime rates and focuses resources on addressing violent crime.

The complete list of awards is listed below:

  • City of Newark – $485,804
  • Hudson County – $308,023
  • Union County – $217,820
  • City of Trenton – $146,446
  • City of Atlantic City – $107,165
  • City of New Brunswick – $96,249
  • City of Vineland – $81,566
  • Neptune Township – $64,811
  • Lakewood Township – $40,143
  • Willingboro Township – $12,679
  • Gloucester County – $12,575

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