Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $300,000 For Police Officer Hiring

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $300,000 For Police Officer Hiring

COPS Grant will benefit Irvington and Jersey City

New Jersey - Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg announced today that the Irvington Police Department will receive $225,000 and the Jersey City Police Department will receive $75,000 for the salary and benefits of additional police officers. This grant was awarded through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) of the Department of Justice.

"Our ever-growing population and the new day-to-day challenges that law enforcement faces require additional uniformed officers on the beat in New Jersey," said Sen. Menendez. "This funding will help protect New Jerseyans, providing for a better quality of life in our communities."

"To keep our communities safe, we need police on our streets and in our neighborhoods who understand and tackle the real challenges residents face-and this funding will help make that happen," Sen. Lautenberg said. "Violent crime and terrorist threats, combined with tight budgets, are forcing our law enforcement agencies to do more with less. This funding through the COPS program will help make Irvington and Jersey City safer and I will continue to fight to make sure our police and other law enforcement officials across New Jersey have the resources they need."

Funding under these grants will allow law enforcement agencies to help pay for the salary and benefits to hire additional sworn officers to perform community policing and homeland security activities. Grants will be made for up to 75 percent of the total salary and benefits of each officer over three years, up to a maximum of $75,000 per officer. Grants will be awarded to 62 law enforcement agencies in 32 states and Puerto Rico.