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Date last updated: Monday, June 11, 13:15 PST
NJ city shows off $12 million in vehicles and gear that federal grants paid for
By Terrence T. McDonald
Much of the equipment, which includes a $1 million field command unit and a $420,000 ambulance bus, may not be used on a regular basis, officials said, but they don't want to be caught without it if there's a catastrophic event.
Jersey City obtains about $1.5 million in federal grants annually, and the grants that paid for the equipment on display Wednesday could not have been used to hire extra personnel, said Police Chief Tom Comey, who noted that the city's new high-tech toys are greatly needed.