Jersey City gets $1.9 million to expand community policing

JERSEY CITY — U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.) announced that Jersey City has been awarded $1,875,000 in federal funding to hire 15 new police officers. The grant was awarded through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP).
“These grants are critically important to expanding community policing and keeping our neighborhoods safe,” said Sen. Menendez. “We have an obligation to support our local police and to protect our residents, and that’s exactly why I’ll continue to fight to make sure New Jersey’s police departments, like Jersey City, have the resources they need to hire new officers and get the job done.”
“As communities across the nation are forced to make tough budget decisions, this federal grant will bolster public safety by helping ensure New Jersey police departments like Jersey City are adequately staffed,” said Sen. Booker. “The COPS program makes critical investments in innovating and enhancing the effectiveness of community policing, which is why I stand committed to ensuring it’s fully funded.”
“I am pleased that the city of Jersey received these vital funds to assist its police department,” said Rep. Sires. “With these additional funds, Jersey City’s outstanding police department will continue to provide the highest level of overall safety for its residents and their neighborhoods.”
The CHP program was designed to advance public safety by addressing the full-time officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. CHP provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law officers, and to increase crime prevention efforts.

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