WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $5,201,134 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) programs to combat the growing opioid epidemic in New Jersey, and hire more local police officers across the state.

“No community is immune to the opioid epidemic that has gripped our nation. This funding will help our law enforcement agencies properly address and combat the crisis that is affecting too many families across New Jersey. With these investments in law enforcement, combined with efforts to increase access to mental health treatment and addiction services, we can make real progress and save the lives of New Jerseyans,” said Sen. Menendez. “Federal funding to hire more officers is vital to ensuring New Jersey’s local police departments are properly staffed to respond to emergencies, protect the public, and save lives.”

“Addressing the opioid crisis that continues to tear New Jersey families apart requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, including coordination with law enforcement,” said Sen. Booker. “It’s our obligation to ensure local law enforcement professionals have every available resource to protect themselves and our communities. By supporting the brave men and women in law enforcement through federal investments like this, we are letting them know that they will never stand alone.”

The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety was awarded $951,134 in COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) funding to support state law enforcement efforts to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacturing and distribution of heroin and opioids.

The following local police departments were recently awarded a combined $4,250,000 from the COPS Hiring Program (CHP):

  • Essex County Sheriff’s Office $1,875,000

To hire 15 officers

  • Long Branch Police Dept. (Monmouth) $625,000

To hire five officers

  • Paramus Police Dept. (Bergen) $625,000

To hire five officers

  • Twp. of Nutley (Essex) $500,000

To hire four officers

  • West Orange Police Dept. (Essex) $500,000

To hire four officers

  • Borough of Moonachie (Bergen) $125,000

To hire one officer