Pallone Announces $1.37 Million to Hire Police Officers in Asbury Park & Long Branch

Sep 24, 2014 Issues: Economy and Jobs, New Jersey

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that both the Asbury Park Police Department and the Long Branch Police Department will be awarded a total of $1.37 million in grants to create or preserve law enforcement jobs at their departments.  The Asbury Park Police Department will receive $750,000 to hire six police officers and the Long Branch Police Department will receive $625,000 to hire five police officers.  The funds were awarded through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program.

“Safety is essential to the future growth and success of our communities, and I believe that having these additional officers in Asbury Park and Long Branch will make a significant difference,” said Congressman Pallone.  “This is a wise investment that will help the Asbury Park and Long Branch Police Departments add or retain the manpower needed to fight crime more effectively and keep our streets safe.”

Congressman Pallone has consistently supported robust funding for the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), which provides grants 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 or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. 

CHP grants for 2014 fund 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off, as a result of local budget cuts.