Washington - New Jersey Senators Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg today announced that the Senate approved legislation to give New Jersey millions of dollars in federal funding for law enforcement, crime prevention and science programs.

The Appropriations legislation passed the House on Monday but must return to that body before it is sent to the President. The measure is expected to be approved by the House and go to President Bush for his signature by the end of the week.

"These important funds for our state include resources that communities will use to make our streets safer and help our law enforcement be prepared to fight crime," said Sen. Menendez. "Our state's bravest deserve the resources they need to protect our communities, and the funding for these programs aims to give them just that."

"Not only does this bill include millions of dollars for New Jersey, but it provides substantial increases in state and local law enforcement funding. These funds would go a long way towards making sure police officers in New Jersey have the equipment and training they need to fight crime and keep our communities safe. I was proud to take part in crafting this legislation," said Sen. Lautenberg.

These funds were included in the FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill which passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support.

The measure would appropriate:

$446,500 for an ex-offender initiative in Newark;

$357,200 for a security initiative in Elizabeth;

$267,000 for the New Jersey Institute of Technology to develop a child-safe personalized weapon;

$446,500 for 911 communications system upgrades in Camden County;

$267,900 to the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Squad in West New York for an interoperability program;

$893,000 for Monmouth University's Urban Coast Institute;

$272,600 for Bergen Community College's Center for Suburban Criminal Justice;

$531,100 for Irvington's Youth Development and Youth Safe Haven;

$484,100 for Trenton's YouthStat Crime Prevention Program;

$1,588,600 for New Jersey Network's Statewide Law Enforcement Initiative;

$267,900 for Passaic County Prosecutor's Office's fiber optic/interoperable communications network;

$89,300 for DARE New Jersey's 6th grade curriculum training and deployment program;

$183,300 for at-risk youth program in Maplewood Township;

$133,950 for Generations, Inc. for the operation of the Pendelbury Harvest Home, a women's shelter for victims of domestic violence in Camden;

$451,200 for a juvenile re-entry program in Essex County;
$446,500 for a Volunteers of America of the Delaware Valley program to safely and effectively help returning offenders with mental illnesses;

$1,339,500 for marine fisheries research;

$235,000 for a Delaware River enhanced flood warning system;

$869,500 for Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for analysis of shoreline changes;

$705,000 for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Cybercrime Computer Forensic Security Training Center;

$78,960 to the Sheriff's Association of New Jersey for a statewide accreditation program;

$141,000 for Doe Fund's Ready, Willing and Able program in Jersey City;

$394,800 for a county-wide interoperable communication system in Bergen County;

$282,000 for interoperable communications in Fort Lee;

$211,500 for command and communication vehicle equipment in Passaic;

$446,500 for police and security upgrades in Paterson;

$564,000 for 180 Turning Lives Around for a child and teen violence reduction and treatment program in Hazlet;

$94,000 for Ohel's at-risk youth and child abuse prevention in Teaneck;

$282,000 for Union City anti-gang and youth violence prevention;

$235,000 for the City of Woodbridge Police Department:

$352,500 for the Rights of Passage Program at Covenant House;

$235,000 for the Save the Youth After School and Summer Performing Arts Program in Hoboken;

$94,000 for the Asbury Park Enrichment and Student Success Center in Lincroft; and

$94,000 for Kearny Police Department's law enforcement technology system.

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