PATERSON, NJ - The state of New Jersey has approved the city of Paterson’s request to rehire 21 additional police officers, the Paterson Press first reported Wednesday.

Public safety officials on Tuesday said the decision will allow them to revive the anti-crime unit, which had been disbanded in 2011.

All Paterson hirings must be approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs as part of an agreement providing the city with state Transition Aid.

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In 2011, Paterson laid off 125 officers. The city received permission from the state to hire back 37 of those officers last year.

The state's decision to allow Paterson to rehire 21 more officers now comes in the wake of the adoption of the city's 2013 budget earlier this month.