Payne announces $1.5M Department of Justice grant allowing Bayonne PD to hire 12 new officers

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U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) is announcing the Department of Justice’s $1.5 million grant that will allow the Bayonne Police Department to hire 12 new officers.

Photo courtesy of the City of Bayonne.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I am proud to help Bayonne get funds to hire more police officers to expand community policing initiatives, including crime prevention. I would encourage all the law enforcement agencies in my district to apply for similar grants in the future,” Payne said in a statement.

The funding is provided through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and it is part of an $11.7 million grant for New Jersey.

Overall, COPS will award $139 million in funding to 183 community law enforcement agencies to hire 1,066 full-time law enforcement professionals.

The COPS Hiring Program provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire additional law enforcement officers in order to increase crime prevention efforts.

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