Rep. Pascrell Announces $1.5M to Hire 12 Hudson County Sheriff's Officers
Hudson County funding for 12 new officers part of COPS Hiring Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09 announced a $1.5 million federal grant award to hire 12 new sheriff's officers in Hudson County. The funding, from the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Office, is part of the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), which promotes public safety through community policing.
"Protecting our families is very important to me, and supporting community policing and funding additional officers on our streets is the best way the federal government can do its part. The COPS Program is all about community policing and fostering a relationship of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve," said Rep. Pascrell, co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus. "That is why I will continue to support robust funding for federal law enforcement programs and work to ensure that the Ninth District of New Jersey gets its fair share."
"The grant through the COPS Hiring Program is an instrumental resource in enabling the Hudson County Sheriff's Office to maintain adequate force numbers to keep Hudson County residents safe," said Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari. "We are very appreciative of Congressman Bill Pascrell's efforts in helping to secure this vital grant and for his long standing partnership and positive track record with law enforcement agencies."
"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 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 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."
The COPS Hiring Program provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. CHP grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. This year’s COPS Hiring Program grants provide 75 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts. Any additional costs above the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits, up to $125,000, are the responsibility of the grantee agency.