Welcome news for the Bayonne Police Department on Monday, as Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. announced that the city wil receive $1.5 million from the Department of Justice to hire 12 new police officers. The funding is provided through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. It is part of an $11.7 million grant for New Jersey. Overall, COPS will award $139 million in funding to 183 community law enforcement agencies to hire 1,066 full-time law enforcement professionals.
In making the announcement, the Congressman stated, “I am proud to help Bayonne get funds to hire more police officers to expand community policing initiatives, including crime prevention. I would encourage all the law enforcement agencies in my district to apply for similar grants in the future.”
The federal COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing with direct funding to hire career law enforcement officers. It provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new, or rehire additional, law enforcement officers in order to increase crime prevention efforts.