PATERSON, N.J. – Paterson police are getting the largest federal grant in New Jersey -- $2.8 million – to pay for 15 community policing officers.
The funds are part of $13.7 million awarded to police departments across New Jersey to create or keep law enforcement positions “dedicated to improving community policing efforts in the state,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Nationwide, the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants to 184 law enforcement agencies total $119 million.
Paterson’s department was the only one in Passaic County to receive funding from the program. Fort Lee’s department – which got $125,000 -- was the only one in Passaic County.
The second-highest total in New Jersey went to Jersey City, Newark and Camden, which got $1,875,000 each.
“All CHP applicants were asked to identify a specific crime and disorder problem area and how funding would be used to initiate or enhance their capacity to implement community policing approaches to that problem area,” Fishman said.
This year, the COPS Office gave additional consideration to applicant agencies selecting the category of “Building Trust,” based on the final report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the U.S. Attorney said.
Additional consideration was also given to agencies that selected the areas of school-based policing, homicide or violent crime, and homeland security, he said.
Applicants who committed to hiring or rehiring at least one military veteran under CHP also received additional consideration for funding, Fishman said.
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