Posted on October 17, 2022
Federal and state bipartisan legislation approved at Madision press conference
The Morris County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and County Board of Commissioners joined leading New Jersey law enforcement officials, federal officials and state legislators in Madison today to gain support for bipartisan federal and state legislation designed to combat a growing wave of auto theft.
The federal Auto Theft Prevention Act, recently introduced by U.S. Representatives Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) and Don Bacon (R-NE), proposes to provide state and local law enforcement agencies federal grants to help them fight auto theft and stolen vehicles. vehicle traffic. State Sense. Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Richard Codey (D-27) introduced state legislation in August to expand penalties for those who steal or receive stolen vehicles, increase penalties for adults who recruit minors to engage in auto theft and expand penalties for repeat offenders.
The two-tier legislation received the approval of Morris County officials at a press conference hosted by U.S. Representative Sherrill outside Madison Borough Hall at the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building on Kings Road. Authorities cited New Jersey State Police data showing that 14,320 cars were reported stolen in 2021 in New Jersey, a 22% increase from 2020. As of August of this year, 9 000 cars have been stolen, and the figure is expected to reach 17,000 by the end of the year.
Attorney General Matthew Platkin, State Police Col. Patrick Callahan, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, Morris County District Attorney Robert Carroll, Morris County Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen and Sens. Bucco and Codey were among the many dignitaries who spoke.
The federal bill will create a new competitive grant program within the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) to fund state and local law enforcement efforts to combat auto theft. The legislation will also create a new eligible use of funds under the existing COPS grant program that allows police departments to use funds on new equipment, hiring and compensation to help combat thefts. cars.
It is designed to direct funding to areas of the country that are most affected by an increase in auto theft.
Grants can be used by police departments to purchase equipment used to combat auto theft, such as law enforcement vehicles and license plate readers, and to hire security enforcement officers. law and additional support staff. It would also fund overtime costs and additional compensation for law enforcement officers and support staff, provide resources for joint task forces, and fund data collection and force research activities. order related to the fight against car theft.
Top right: Colonel Calahan addresses the press conference.
Top left: US Representative Sherrill introduced the bipartisan Auto Theft Prevention Act which she co-sponsored with US Representative Don Bacon (R-NE).
Center Right: Director of Commissioner Selen, with District Attorney Carroll, described the local impacts of the rising wave of auto theft in New Jersey.
Bottom left: Behind the podium, left to right, Director Selen, District Attorney Carroll, Sheriff Gannon, Attorney General Platkin, Senator Bucco, Colonel Calahan, U.S. Representative Sherrill and Senator Codey.