Paterson getting $3.7 million to hire more police officers | Paterson Times

Paterson getting $3.7 million to hire more police officers


President Joe Biden’s administration is giving Paterson $3.77 million to hire more police officers in a city beset by gun violence and crime.

Funds from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Grants program will allow Paterson to add 20 new police officers.

“Our brave men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. It is imperative that we support them at every turn, and that includes ensuring they have the resources they need to do their jobs,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell. “For years, COPS grants have enabled local law enforcement to better protect their communities through community policing initiatives that form vital bonds between officers and those they serve.”

Paterson has been struggling to rebuild the ranks of its police force for years. It had more than 500 police officers a decade ago. It presently has fewer than 400 police officers.

“Our goal has always been to exceed 400 officers here in Paterson and this grant helps get significantly closer to that number,” said mayor Andre Sayegh.

Pascrell also said neighboring Prospect Park is getting $500,000 to hire four police officers.

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  • saintdubu

    Yeah let's give them 3.7 million to hire more police officers… but not to get the druggies off the streets, not to fund more street cleaning, not to fix the streets, not to implement plans to lower crime rates… that shit mayor keeps hiring new police officers and the crime rates are still increasing in this shit city. All i've seen is attempts gentrify the area with the same gray ass florio owned apartments… But no real plans to reduce crime and FIX silk city.

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      section 8 housing isnt gentrifying anything especially with taxes skyrocketing thanks to charters, which Florio and the mayor are getting their taste. Other than that you are right. No plans what so ever..no zero tolerance..quality of life issues, there are still open air drug markets and the shootings happen in the day time, they dont even wait till night

    • saint

      and anyone pls correct me if i am wrong.. i am only a youngster

  • J. Brown.

    More Cops. More Crime.

  • John

    I say let's defund all the Police in these Liberal cities and give all the police to Republican cities. Where would u wanna live?

  • John

    Want garbage? Keep voting Democrats in. Hispanic Democrats for Trump