NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Every dollar counts.
New Brunswick recently authorized its application for and acceptance of a $60,000 Safe and Secure Communities grant. The state-funded program is designed to help municipal police departments to beef up their ranks.
“We’ve received this grant annually for many years,” city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw said.
While the money amounts to a drop in the bucket of the city’s budget—which broke $87 million last year and provided for eight additional New Brunswick police officers—it will be used to “supplement salaries” in the department, Bradshaw said.
In the resolution, officials noted that the city has set aside $418,495 in matching salary funds.
Bradshaw said the grant money isn’t slated to benefit a particular police division, like, say, patrol or criminal investigations. Instead, it’s designated for the department as a whole.
New Jersey’s Safe and Secure Communities program was established in 1993 through a state law. According to the state, the program provides roughly 160 municipalities with money for 345 officers and 13 support staffers.
New Brunswick received the same amount, $60,000, last year from the grant program, according to the budget.