Freehold Township seeks state funding for police department use

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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Municipal officials in Freehold Township have authorized an application for and approved participation in the 2020 Safe and Secure Communities Program.

The program is administered by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Public Safety.

Township Committee members are seeking $60,000 from the program for the Freehold Township Police Department, according to a resolution that was passed during a recent meeting.

According to information provided by the state, the Safe and Secure Communities Program is designed to provide municipalities with funding to add law enforcement personnel to assist with police operations and other crime related strategies, as warranted by the needs of the community.

The program allows for the funding of additional officers or the funding of law enforcement support personnel which would free-up officers for direct law enforcement activities.

The Township Committee also took the following actions:

• Awarded a contract for utilities department supplies in an amount not to exceed $40,000 to Raritan Pipe and Supply Company for maintenance and repair supplies for underground utilities;

• Authorized a shared services agreement with Highlands through which Freehold Township will provide that northern Monmouth County municipality with licensed operational services for its municipal utilities;

• Awarded a $14,940 contract to Automated Building Controls Inc., Neptune, for heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance in Freehold Township.