FORT LEE, N.J. – Fort Lee police are getting a $125,000 federal grant for community policing.
The funds are part of $13.7 million awarded to police departments across New Jersey to create, or hold onto, law enforcement positions “dedicated to improving community policing efforts in the state,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Nationwide, $119 million in COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants are going to 184 law enforcement agencies.
Fort Lee’s department was the only one in Bergen County to receive funding from the program. Paterson’s department – which got $2.8 million -- was the only one in Passaic County.
“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.