PATERSON, N.J. – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. is at the forefront of another major grant awarded to the City of Paterson.
For the second time in the past month, Pascrell bestowed federal dollars to the city, this time the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).
“I am proud to see the federal dollars that I fight for in Washington benefit public safety on our streets here at home,” Pascrell said. “JAG grants give local police departments direct access to the federal resources they need to confront our neighborhood’s greatest threats. As a former mayor, I fully understand the importance of having a fully equipped police force, which is while I’ll continue to fight and ensure that the JAG program is fully funded.”
Paterson was awarded $246,078 they will use to fund equipment for their emergency response unit.
According to a press release from Pascrell’s office, JAG grants can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs and 6) planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs.
Passaic and Clifton also received JAG grants with Pascrell’s support.
Earlier this year, Rep. Pascrell led a bipartisan letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to include robust funding for the JAG program in the FY 2015 appropriations budget.