By Mary Diduch
PARAMUS — Rep. Bill Pascrell, joined by local elected officials, visited the 5th Congressional district to show his support for Roy Cho, the Democratic challenger this year against Rep. Scott Garrett, and announce a $600,000 federal grant Paramus received to hire more cops.
Pascrell said during the press conference outside the borough’s police department that it is because of some fiscal conservatives, such as Garrett, that funding for local law enforcement agencies almost was lost. Paramus is not in Pascrell’s district, but he said he has always supported Cho and the grant program.
But the grant from the Department of Justice - which other New Jersey towns received and was announced last month - helps restore some of the cuts such agencies had to make in recent years.
Pascrell said he knows that if Cho were in office, he would not vote against such cuts, which Garrett has numerous times.
“Paramus deserves no less,” said Pascrell.
Cho said it is important for government to invest in its police agencies to keep communities safe.
“The residents of the fifth congressional district need and deserve better,” Cho said.
Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, a Democrat who is running for re-election in November, said the grant was essential to the force especially because of incidents such as the shooter at the Garden State Plaza mall who ended up killing himself.
“Incidents like that show how important it is to have a fully staffed police department,” LaBarbiera said.
The department’s roster will be up to about 85 now, though its organizational table calls for 115 officer, chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said.
Posted October 21 2014 at 8:22 PM Permanent Link