TRENTON - New Jersey State Police (NJSP) now have to spend more smartly. In this year's proposed budget, the NJSP will lose about $6 million from its funding.
Before every shift, state police troopers must inspect their vehicles. A third of the fleet has more than 125,000 miles on the odometer. Attorney General Paula Dow says this year's budget will pay for hundreds of new vehicles as well as better technology that will help with cases. New forensic scientists will help process evidence, giving prosecutors more ammunition to use at trial.
In effort to help with the budget crunch, 50 new civilian workers will take over clerical duties, freeing up 100 troopers for patrols.
Dow says through various state "task forces," a better-equipped state police can help local agencies fight crime.