Release* Date: September 13, 2010
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: September 13, 2010
$110,000 awarded to 22 police departments to fight bias crime
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Middlesex County Freeholder Mildred S. Scott today announced that $110,000 in grants have been awarded to 21 municipal police departments and to the Rutgers University police to develop educational and prevention programs to combat bias crimes.
Each department received a $5,000 Bias Prevention and Education Grant to help enforce bias crime laws and keep the public informed of ways to recognize and report bias incidents.
of the goals of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office has always been to
ensure the quality of life for all citizens of
“This grant gives law enforcement another tool in protecting all our residents against bias crime and in keeping our communities safe,” said Freeholder Scott, Chair of the County’s Law and Public Safety Committee.
Monroe Chief John J. Kraivec,
who is also president of the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police,
said: “Biased crimes and incidents are major issues
for all police agencies because of their unique impact on victims as well as
the community. This grant will allow law enforcement officers in
The grants were awarded by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office after the police departments submitted applications detailing how they will use the funds, which will be made available from money seized by law enforcement from criminal defendants who had obtained proceeds through illegal activities, such as selling drugs.
The police departments plan to use the funds to increase police patrols of neighborhoods, religious schools and places of worship that may potentially be targeted for bias crimes through vandalism, harassment or physical assault.
on communications with community leaders about their concerns, the departments
will provide and promote programming that teaches tolerance or educates the
Some of the police departments have already begun increasing patrols during religious and ethnic holidays and holy days.
addition to the Rutgers University Police Department, grants have been approved
for police in Carteret, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Edison,
Funds from the grant can only be used for costs related directly to bias prevention and education, and cannot be used to supplant existing patrols or equipment.