Release* Date: July 14, 2011
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: July 14, 2011
Police departments offered grants for community safety programs
A $5,000 “Law Enforcement Response to Community Concerns
Grant” will be available to each of the county’s 25 municipal police departments,
the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and the Rutgers University Police
Department to help enforce laws aimed at protecting the quality of life for
To fund the program, Prosecutor Kaplan, in accordance with guidelines established by the Office of the Attorney General, is allocating a total of $135,000 in funds that were seized from criminal defendants who had obtained proceeds though illegal activities, such as selling drugs.
grants can help protect and improve the quality of life for all the citizens of
“Our goal is for our residents to have safe communities to live in, to work in and to play in,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Ronald G. Rios, chair of the county’s Law and Public Safety Committee. “I applaud the efforts of the prosecutor’s office and of the local law enforcement agencies who participate in this program because they are helping us protect and improve our residents’ quality of life.”
In order to obtain a grant, each police department is required to develop a plan that seeks to deal with a quality-of-life issue, such as curbing graffiti, criminal mischief, bullying or bias-related crimes.
In addition, police departments may offer an educational component that enhances community awareness of relevant law, as well as the public’s rights and responsibilities.
Participants also may seek to enhance community safety by increasing police presence during periods leading up to religious holidays and holy days.
The grants also may be used to reimburse overtime to police who participate in specific programs, but cannot be used to supplant existing patrols or equipment and cannot be used for administrative purposes.
Departments must apply no later than Aug. 5, 2011, and, if approved, must initiate their program by Sept. 1, 2011.
The grants totaling $110,000 were awarded last year to departments that developed programs dealing with bias crimes. This year, police will have the option of developing programs to deal with other crimes that adversely impact the quality of life in communities.