Haddon Heights, NJ – Today, Congressman Andrews announced that South Jersey had received over $350,000 in federal funds for local law enforcement efforts, helping departments make significant public safety improvements while retaining police jobs. The grant can be used for personnel, equipment, training, and a variety of other purposes, and was issued through the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.
Nationally, the JAG program provided over $240 million in grants to improve police departments nationwide. Grantees may utilize funding for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, as well as research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance law enforcement programs. This increase in funding means our local law enforcement agencies’ operating budgets will suffer less of a burden, allowing more money to be set aside for hiring more police officers, drug and gang task force agents, corrections officers, and other law enforcement officials.
Towns throughout South Jersey plan to utilize their $350,000 share of these federal funds to enhance public safety without having to put police jobs at risk. Washington Township, which received $11,000, will use the grant to increase patrols in high-crime areas. Lindenwold, which received $21,000, will use the grant for crime mapping, enabling the department to use resources more efficiently. Winslow, which also received $21,000, will use the grant on software upgrades, and to install a video uplink to monitor the cell block. Other municipalities receiving funding were Camden City, Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Pennsauken, and Deptford.
“These vital funds will provide needed help to our brave men and women in law enforcement,” said Rep. Andrews. “Having safer streets means our communities are more attractive for businesses to invest and create jobs, and makes South Jersey an even better place to raise a family.”
A local government is eligible for JAG funding if it reports violent crime data to the FBI. Funding amount is then determined by the state’s share of national population and violent crime, and the municipality’s share of the state’s violent crime. For New Jersey, a municipality was eligible if it reported an average of at least 66 violent crimes over the previous three years.
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