Pallone Announces $474,055 COPS Grant to Hire 2 Police Officers in Asbury Park
Long Branch – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that the Asbury Park Police Department was awarded a $474,055 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant that will allow it to hire two police officers. The COPS Hiring Program fully funds entry-level salaries and benefits for full-time police officers over a three-year period. The program also helps to increase community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts, and places an important emphasis on building trust and mutual respect between police and communities.
“Safety is of the utmost importance for ensuring growth and success in our communities,” said Pallone. “Adding two police officers to the Asbury Park Police force is an important step towards a safer community for the people of Asbury Park.”
Congressman Pallone has consistently supported robust funding for the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and it has brought millions of dollars to police departments throughout the 6th Congressional District in recent years. Asbury Park previously received COPS grants of $1.6 million in 2011, $625,000 in 2013 and $750,000 in 2014 to hire a combined 16 police officers.
In addition to Asbury Park, nine other police departments in New Jersey received COPS grants totaling more than $13 million. The program announced $119 million in grants nationwide for 2016.