Newark Will Receive Nearly $500,000 To Combat Violent Crime
August 14, 2012
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 $500,000 to address violent crime in Newark. 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 Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Byrne JAG program. "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
In June 2011, Lautenberg and Menendez joined Senate colleagues to write a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, to support continued funding of the Byrne JAG program in the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, which is the source of the funding being announced today.
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