Five police officers who lost their jobs to budget cuts in neighboring Franklin Township have been hired as officers in the New Brunswick Police Department.
“You can make a difference,” Mayor Cahill told the men at a special ceremony held Tuesday in City Council Chambers in City Hall.
“Another town’s loss has become a huge gain for the City of New Brunswick,” said city Police Director Peter Mangarella.
The officers from Franklin are taking a substantial pay cut, they said.
They are to earn $41,137 a year on the New Brunswick force. In Franklin, they said, they had been earning in the $60,000 range, or higher.
On hand for the swearing in of the new officers was Democratic U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone of Long Branch, who helped New Brunswick secure a federal COPS grant of $1.6 million, part of which is being used to hire the new officers, who will work on the streets.
“Today, with the re-hiring of these five police officers, we see how this grant is directly benefiting the New Brunswick community by providing jobs and keeping our streets safe,” said Pallone, whose district includes both New Brunswick and Franklin.