Menendez Calls Upon U.S. Attorney General For Newark COPS Funding

Menendez Calls Upon U.S. Attorney General For Newark COPS Funding

N.J.’s Senior Senator expresses city’s need in the wake of 10 shootings in 10 days

WASHINGTON, DC - In the wake of gun violence that gripped Newark with 10 shootings in 10 days, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today called upon U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to respond favorably to the City of Newark's application for funding from the federal Community-Oriented Police Services (COPS) program.

The City of Newark has applied for COPS funding that would allow for the hiring of 15 additional police officers, according to Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.

Senator Menendez led the New Jersey delegation's advocacy for COPS funding to Garden State communities. In FY2012, COPS grant allocations to New Jersey were:

$9,584,458 to hire 60 police officers

State and Agency Legal Name

Number of Positions

Grant Amount

Atlantic City

15

$1,875,000

Bayonne Police Department

9

$1,125,000

Bridgeton, City of

3

$375,000

Gloucester, City of*

1

$125,000

Haledon, Borough of

1

$121,464

Hamilton, Township of

2

$512,042

Jersey City

15

$1,875,000

Newfield, Borough of

1

$125,000

Trenton, City of

12

$3,018,720

Wildwood Police Department

2

$432,232

*Gloucester's grant was part of an additional round of COPS Grants


Click here to download the letter and the text is below:

September 10, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder

Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Holder:

I write in strong support of the City of Newark's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Grant Application for Fiscal Year 2013. The city has recently experienced a significant spike in gun violence, and Newark urgently needs federal funding to bolster its police presence and prevent further killings.

Newark has made significant progress in improving public safety, but without continued federal and state financial support, that progress may be in jeopardy. The city recently suffered ten tragic murders in the span of ten days, with victims including bystanders and minors. The families of these victims and their communities need our assistance, and it's urgent that the federal government provide resources to prevent further deaths.

The Newark Police Department is doing its utmost to combat the spike in crime, including additional police presence and patrols, as well as resources focused on preventing gun violence. However, in recent years, budget constraints at both the federal and state level have hampered Newark's ability to fully respond to upticks in violent crime. Since the city suffered police layoffs in 2010, rebuilding the police force has been a significant challenge.

While prevention of gun violence is a long-term issue that requires a collective community response, I believe that the federal government should provide desperately needed resources to help Newark hire additional personnel. Specifically, a COPS Hiring Grant would help the city respond to this horrific escalation in violent crime.

For all of the above reasons, I strongly support the City of Newark's COPS Hiring Grant. I ask that you give their application due consideration. Thank you for your consideration of Newark's application.

Sincerely,

Robert Menendez

U.S. Senator, New Jersey

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