Lautenberg, Menendez: Senate Panel Approves $7 Million for New Jersey Public Safety and Crime Prevention Programs

Lautenberg, Menendez: Senate Panel Approves $7 Million for New Jersey Public Safety and Crime Prevention Programs

Washington. - U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced the Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would provide federal funds to help New Jersey's police and emergency first responders improve their technology, and to help reduce gang violence and crime by providing after-school mentoring programs. The funds are included in the FY 2011 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which must next be considered by the full Senate.

"The funding in this bill would make communities across New Jersey safer by investing in our police and first responders and by providing young people with programs to keep them away from gangs, guns and a life of crime," said Lautenberg, who as a member of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee helped craft the legislation. "This bill would also give researchers the support they need to help protect New Jersey's coastal ecosystems and fishing economy."

"By securing investments that ensure our law enforcement is equipped with up-to-date technology and that help New Jersey's youth reject violence and crime, we are helping to create safer communities for our families," said Menendez. "We are also supporting the economic security of our coastal communities with investments to help protect our coastal waters and the wildlife that inhabits it."

The $7 million in funding would be divided as follows:

Law Enforcement

  • Atlantic County Sheriff's Office - $250,000 for the purchase of law enforcement equipment.
  • Mercer County - $300,000 for the purchase of public safety equipment.
  • Borough of Cliffside Park - $300,000 for the purchase of public safety interoperability equipment
  • Cherry Hill Township - $100,000 for the purchase of equipment for the Cherry Hill Police Department.
  • City of Bayonne - $150,000 for the purchase of technology and equipment for law enforcement.
  • Elizabeth Police Department - $375,000 for the purchase of gunshot location technology to help locate the origin of gunshots and weapons-related incidents.
  • Jersey City - $350,000 for the purchase of law enforcement equipment.
  • Red Bank Police Department - $100,000 for equipping a communications and dispatch center at the Red Bank Police Department.
  • Hammonton - $200,000 for the purchase of law enforcement equipment.
  • Maplewood - $300,000 for the purchase of law enforcement equipment.
  • Nutley - $275,000 for the purchase of public safety equipment
  • Union City - $400,000 for the purchase of law enforcement technology.
  • Vineland - $375,000 for the purchase of a gunshot location technology to help locate the origin of gunshots and weapons-related incidents.
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology - $350,000 for the development of technology that will safeguard handguns from unauthorized use.


Juvenile Mentoring and Violence Prevention Programs


  • 180 Turning Lives Around Inc. in Hazlet - $400,000 for teen violence reduction and treatment expansion.
  • Bergen Community College - $100,000 for the Center for Suburban Criminal Justice, a drug prevention consortium of criminal justice, educational and community-based organizations.
  • Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union counties - $400,000 for youth mentoring programs.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey - $250,000 for a gang prevention program for at-risk youth.
  • New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers - $250,000 for the implementation of the SPEAK UP hotline to prevent weapons-related threats in local school districts.
  • Pemberton Township - $200,000 for a gang prevention program for at-risk youth.
  • Irvington - $300,000 for a youth mentoring and violence prevention program.


Science and Environmental Sustainability Programs

  • Monmouth University - $750,000 for a coastal ecosystem monitoring program.
  • Partnership for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Science - $525,000 to develop an improved data collection method to support and assess fish populations.

###