Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded seven communities in New Jersey more than $530,000 in federal funds to improve security in and around schools.

"Parents need to be assured that our children are learning in a safe and protected environment. Our children's and teachers' safety is non-negotiable and this funding will help make certain New Jersey schools are a place where all students can learn and reach their full potential," said Menendez.

"New Jersey's students and teachers should never have to worry about their safety in our schools,"said Lautenberg, a member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee that funds this program. "While resources for public safety are being cut across the state, this federal funding will help ensure New Jersey students have the safest and most secure places to learn and grow."

This funding is part of the COPS Secure Our Schools Program, which helps law enforcement agencies work with schools to improve security by purchasing metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures. Funding can also be used for security assessments and training for students and teachers.

In total, 7 New Jersey communities will share approximately $530,000 in funding from the Secure Our Schools program. The awards under this grant include:

Bayonne Police Department - $148,939.00
Berkeley Heights Township - $76,510.00
Emerson Borough - $75,000.00
Hillsborough Township - $34,548.00
Marlboro Township - $37,500.00
Roselle Police Department - $95,055.00
Roxbury Township - $61,225.00