Menendez, Booker, Pascrell Announce $4.5M to Expand Community Policing in Paterson, Hudson Co., Fort Lee

Menendez, Booker, Pascrell Announce $4.5M to Expand Community Policing in Paterson, Hudson Co., Fort Lee

NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Bill Pascrell today announced that the City of Paterson, Hudson County and Fort Lee have been awarded a combined $4.5 million in federal funding to hire 28 new police officers.  The grants were 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 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 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.”

"Community policing need men and women on the street to work, which is why I’m proud to announce this funding for our local departments," said Rep. Pascrell, co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus. "Protecting our families must be our first priority, and it is a process. Keeping our law enforcement well-staffed is a major first step in that process.”

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.

The following CHP grants were announced:

Borough of Fort Lee -- $125,000 to hire one officer

City of Paterson -- $2,820,053 to hire 15 officers

Hudson County Sheriff’s Office -- $1,500,000 to hire 12 officers