AREA CITIES RECEIVE GRANT TO HELP FIGHT CRIME

Attorney General Paula T. Dow today announced that the Division of Criminal Justice is awarding $5,750,000 in federal grant funds to 17 New Jersey cities that are facing high levels of violent crime so that they can purchase “force multiplying” crime-fighting technologies for their police departments.

Attorney General Dow explained that the funds – to be distributed as grants of $500,000 for the larger cities and $250,000 for the smaller cities – may be used for various technologies, including:

– “Eye in the Sky” closed-circuit TV cameras with gunshot detection capability for targeted enforcement areas;

– Automated License Plate Readers for patrol cars, which can automatically identify vehicles connected to a crime or to a criminal offender;

– Mobile Data Terminals for patrol cars; and

– equipment needed to convert to a countywide or regional dispatch system.

Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Vineland, and Bridgeton all received $250,000 grants.

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