Release* Date: September 6, 2011
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: September 6, 2011
Police departments receive $5,000 grants, totaling $120,000
The grant money will be used to create a variety of programs aimed at enhancing public awareness while combating such crimes as bias intimidation, bullying and vandalism.
The $5,000 “Law Enforcement Response to Community Concerns Grant” will be awarded to 22 municipal police departments in the county, and to the Rutgers University Police Department and the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department.
municipal departments that will be receiving grants are Carteret, Dunellen,
East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta,
grants will be used to help enforce laws aimed at protecting the quality of
Prosecutor Kaplan, with approval from the Office of the Attorney General, is allocating $120,000 in funds that were seized from criminal defendants who had obtained proceeds though illegal activities, such as selling drugs.
“These grants can help protect and improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Middlesex County,” Prosecutor Kaplan said. “This has always been a goal of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.”
“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 qualify for a grant, each police department was 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.
The program, ‘’Rachel’s Challenge,’’ offers a powerful presentation on the life of the first child killed at Columbine High School in 1999, as youngsters learn the consequences of bullying.
several incidents in which pedestrians were struck at a crosswalk near the
Metuchen train station, police in that community are planning to present an
extensive educational program to convince pedestrians to obey crossing signals
Monroe Township police are seeking to enhance community safety by increasing police presence during periods leading up to religious holidays and holy days.
The grants also are being used to reimburse overtime to police who participate in specific programs, but cannot be used to supplant existing patrols, existing programs or equipment and cannot be used for administrative purposes.
Grants totaling $110,000 were awarded last year to various police departments in the county.