NEWARK - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced today that the Division of Criminal Justice is awarding $5.75 million in federal grant funds to 17 New Jersey cities that are facing high levels of violent crime.

"These grants are directed to 17 cities facing high levels of violent crime so that they can purchase crime-fighting technologies that they otherwise could not afford in these difficult economic times," said Attorney General Dow.

She says that "eyes in the sky" cameras like the ones in Newark helped convict David Fernandez with the murder of Jose Rivera in 2007. Dow says that with the grant money, the cameras could become more prevalent.

The funds are being distributed based on population and levels of violent crime, according to the attorney general's office. The money can bring back civilian workers, but not uniformed officers. It also can't be used to prevent layoffs.

CityGrant AmountNewark$500,000Camden$500,000Jersey City$500,000Trenton$500,000Paterson$500,000Elizabeth$500,000Irvington$250,000Atlantic City$250,000Plainfield$250,000East Orange$250,000Orange$250,000Pleasantville$250,000Asbury Park$250,000New Brunswick$250,000Passaic$250,000Vineland$250,000