Paterson gets $1.88 million federal grant to hire 10 police officers, says mayor | Paterson Times

Paterson gets $1.88 million federal grant to hire 10 police officers, says mayor


Mayor Andre Sayegh on Friday morning said the city has been awarded a $1.88 million federal grant to hire more police officers.

Sayegh said funds from the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Hiring Program (CHP) Program will allow Paterson to add 10 new police officers.

“Getting 10 more police officers will help us get more guns off our streets,” said Sayegh in a news conference at City Hall.

Sayegh said police recovered over 102 guns in Paterson so far this year.

Police have been severely understaffed in Paterson. There are approximately 360 police officers after a big retirement last year. This represents the fewest officers since the big layoff nearly a decade ago.

“This is a grant that directly goes into fighting the gun violence,” said public safety director Jerry Speziale.

Grant will cover salaries of the 10 officers for three years, said Speziale.

Paterson had its deadliest gun violence incident in a decade on Tuesday. Seven people were shot, four fatally. Sayegh called the incident a “mass shooting.” An incident where four or more people are murdered is considered a mass shooting, he said.

Sayegh credited Rep. Bill Pascrell for helping to secure the grant. He noted Paterson received the largest COPS grant award in New Jersey.

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  • John Brown

    More cops more crimes

    • bigron

      More good cops = less crime. You fool.

      • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

        You assume they aren't crooked. We're talking about Paterson.

  • Paterson Resident

    Stop the gun from coming in. Become proactive, not reactive. These criminals need more time behind bars.

  • http://Patersontimes.com Limbaugh

    Education is the key you have the power to cut the vicious circle.

    • John

      Family is the key. Above all. Dont blame the police and white privilege which no longer exist

  • peejay1954

    $1.88 million divided by 10 = $188,000. That's $188,000.00 per year per cop!
    Does anyone agree that this seems a bit of a poor return on investment?

    Paterson would be better off if this money was diverted to schooling
    to let kids learn their way out of lawlessness. .

    The defund the Police movement is gaining ground fast everywhere except here.

    What is going on here?

    • TK Kirkland

      Nah.. my guess is they will lay off 10 and use the aid to offset a recent lawsuit or two lol

    • John

      yea I agree defund the police in all lineral cities and see what happens to the schools and in Paterson type of cities where they push the problem every
      Where else except in the household

  • John

    Yea defund police in all liberal cities.. thats the only thing I agree with BLM