Menendez, Booker, Norcross Announce $1.9M to Expand Community Policing in Camden

Menendez, Booker, Norcross Announce $1.9M to Expand Community Policing in Camden

NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Donald Norcross today announced that the Camden County Police Department has been awarded $1,875,000 in federal funding to hire 15 new police officers.  The grant was awarded through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP).

“These grants are critically important to expanding community policing and keeping our neighborhoods safe,” said Sen. Menendez.  “We have an obligation to support our local police and to protect our residents, and that’s exactly why I’ll continue to fight to make sure New Jersey’s police departments, like Camden, have the resources they need to hire new officers and get the job done.”

“As communities across the nation are forced to make tough budget decisions, this federal grant will bolster public safety by helping ensure New Jersey police departments like Camden are adequately staffed,” said Sen. Booker.  “The COPS program makes critical investments in innovating and enhancing the effectiveness of community policing, which is why I stand committed to ensuring it’s fully funded.”

“This funding will enable the Camden County Police Department to continue its mission of being a national example of community policing at its best, just as President Obama remarked when he visited Camden City last year.  I know that under the leadership of Chief Scott Thomson, the Camden County Police Department will continue to make critical connections with our neighbors and build a lasting trust among community members to make Camden safer for its residents and visitors,” said Rep. Norcross.

The CHP program was designed to advance public safety by addressing the full-time officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. CHP provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law officers, and to increase crime prevention efforts.

New Jersey’s Senators have long advocated for this vital program. Last year, Sens. Menendez and Booker led a letter signed by 33 Senators urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to fund the program at a high level for FY16. This year, the Senators led a similar bipartisan letter signed by 37 Senators requesting robust funding for FY17.