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Union County Receives Federal Byrne Memorial Grant to Fight Crime

Elizabeth – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced that the County has received the 2007 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant providing more than $250,000 for local governments to prevent and control crime.

“This special grant will help us continue to reduce crime throughout the County. At the same time, we honor the memory of a brave police officer,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. According to NJ State Police Uniform Crime Statistics, overall crime is down more than 17 percent over the past several years.

New York Police Department Officer Edward Byrne was killed in the line of duty on February 26, 1988 while on assignment protecting a drug case witness in Queens. The cold-blooded killing of the 22-year-old rookie officer, was meant to intimidate witnesses from testifying against drug dealers, shocked the city. A year after his murder, four men were convicted and sentenced to the maximum sentences of 25 years to life for the crime.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program is a partnership among federal, state, and local governments to create safer communities. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice which determines the amounts of the grants and the municipalities that receive them. The grant is administered by the County of Union.

The towns that are receiving the funding are:













The total amount of the grant is $257,081. After distributing the money to the municipalities, the remaining funds cover the cost of administering the grant program.

This grant may be used to provide personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance, and information systems for more widespread apprehension, prosecution, detention and rehabilitation of criminal offenders. Each municipality decides how to use its share of the grant.