FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2009



Funds to be used to assist local police departments


Elizabeth, NJ—The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today the county has received $1,315,718, from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The program, an initiative of the United States Department of Justice, allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system.

“Public safety is a top priority and this grant assures our police departments will be able to tap the technology and equipment they need to do their jobs,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Below is a breakdown of the funding and its usage:

  • Elizabeth, $519,164, for: increased ABC enforcement; a juvenile curfew detail; a juvenile/probation night watch detail; juvenile/aftercare parole division; county service neighborhood enforcement detail; community service prostitution detail; community service citizen complaint and quality of life detail; narcotics enforcement detail; traffic enforcement detail; threat assessment strategy for safe streets and neighborhoods.
  • Hillside, $60,008, for police cruisers for crime intervention.
  • Linden, $74,277, for: target hardening overtime for critical infrastructures; critical infrastructure protection surveillance; special events overtime; aggressive intervention detail overtime; terrorism awareness lectures overtime; specialized vehicle for high visibility of law enforcement.
  • Plainfield, $307,471, for: replacement of divisional computers; pole mounted signs; vehicle in car computer video system; automatic license plate reader systems; mobile command center radio systems; T3 Series motion vehicle; computer software upgrades; LED lighting.
  • Rahway, $48,271.00.50, for: neighborhood watch training; home security program for residents; “Business Watch”; increased CERT program.
  • Roselle, $48,271, for: in car computer system; overtime for crime prevention patrol; range training; raid jackets for narcotics units; digital cameras.
  • Roselle Park, $11,923, for: InfoCop computer software; computer upgrades for station.
  • Scotch Plains, $13,682, for office/management training for crime prevention and juvenile intervention.
  • Union Township, $91,088, for: new handheld radios for officers; radio and telephone recording devices; overtime for crime prevention/juvenile justice programs.
  • Union County, $131,571, for: administration of grant program; training for intervention/enforcement programs; overtime for emergency response units THREAT missions; crime prevention training and community outreach.
  • Westfield, $9,986, for wireless upgrades for existing computer system.

Officer Edward Byrne, 22, died in the line of duty in February, 1988 while on detail protecting a witness who had agreed to testify in court against local drug dealers in New York City.