NJ police departments seek grants to hire officers

The grant provides funding for the entry-level salaries and benefits of newly hired or rehired police officers for three years

By Hannan Adely
Passaic Herald News

Law enforcement agencies across New Jersey are seeking to bolster their ranks and tackle crime problems with help from a federal grant intended for hiring and retaining police.

In all, 157 law enforcement agencies across the state had applied for grants from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program by the deadline Wednesday night. New Jersey had the fourth-largest request among states -- seeking a combined $150.6 million for the hire of 568 officers -- following California, Florida and Texas.

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