SOUTH BRUNSWICK,  NJ - Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka announced Friday that the police department has been awarded a state grant of $7,067.14 for bullet proof vests.

The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice awarded the funds to South Brunswick under the State Body Armor Replacement Fund (BARF) Program, according to the department.

The State BARF Program assists all eligible law enforcement agencies to offset the costs of purchasing body vests for its officers.

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The Body Armor Replacement Fund is funded through a $1 surcharge to each fine, penalty or forfeiture imposed and collected by a judge under authority of any law for any violation of the provisions of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes, police said.

In order to participate in the 2015 BARF Program, agencies were required to confirm that they have a written mandatory body armor wear policy for all uniformed officers engaged in patrol or field operations. 

“Our national accreditation designation through the International Association of Chiefs of Police ensures that we meet the most stringent standards,” Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said. “These standards and policies allowed us to be awarded this funding.”

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