Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor today announced that the Division of Criminal Justice is distributing $3.5 million to over 500 New Jersey law enforcement agencies to purchase or replace body armor vests for their officers.
A total of $3,513,558 is being provided to state, county and local law enforcement and corrections agencies from the state’s Body Armor Replacement Fund, which was established by legislation in 1998 and is funded through a $1 surcharge on traffic tickets and forfeitures of bail. Checks for the 2010 round of annual funding were mailed to participating agencies late last week. Grants were provided to all 544 agencies that applied.
“We are pleased to restore dedicated funding for this year to a level consistent with the history of this valuable program, so that law enforcement agencies can purchase lifesaving body armor vests for their officers,” said Attorney General Dow. “Police officers devote their lives to protecting us, and we need to do all that we can to make them safer.”
A detailed list of the grants is available with this release at www.njpublicsafety.com.
Some of the grant amounts: Lower Township, $2811; Middle Township, $4284; Wildwood Crest, $2155; Wildwood, $3890.