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U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman Announces Over $5 Million In Law Enforcement Hiring Grants To Help Build Trust, Reduce Violence And Protect Schools In New Jersey

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), today announced funding awards to four New Jersey cities and counties, aimed at creating and, in some cases, protecting 39 law enforcement positions.

The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) will award over $107 million nationally, including $5,187,015 in New Jersey. The list of this year’s grantees includes:

State and Agency Name

Number of Officers Funded

Award Amount

Camden County Police Department

15

$2,187,015

City of East Orange

12

$1,500,000

Essex County Sheriff’s Office

6

$750,000

Wildwood Police Department

6

$750,000

“There is no doubt that community policing is integral to our crime prevention strategy,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said. “These federal grants help mitigate the effect of diminishing resources on our local law enforcement partners who use face-to-face engagement to build better relationships with their communities.”

“The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country in addressing their most critical public safety issues,” said Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office. “These grants are not simply about putting more officers on the street, they are about expanding the capacity of law enforcement agencies to engage in community policing.”

CHP provides grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.

Priority consideration was given this year to agencies that selected any of the Building Trust focus areas or School Based Policing through School Resource Officers. All applicants were encouraged to refer to the report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing for suggested actions to incorporate into their proposed community policing strategy.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has invested over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance.

For the entire list of grantees and additional information about the 2015 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.

Updated September 21, 2015

Press Release Number: 15-347