TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The Essex County Prosecutor's Office and New Jersey's Law and Public Safety Department will be getting hundreds of thousands in federal grants to help combat gang activity.

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Federal prosecutors announced the grants on Monday. The money comes from the Community Oriented Policing Services program, which is providing more than $18 million overall to agencies across the country.

Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, says the Essex County prosecutor's office will get $594,023 through the COPS anti-gang initiative program, while the state's Law and Public Safety Department will get $659,916.

The department also will receive $103,227 through the COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Program.


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