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Congressman LoBiondo is a member of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. Frank LoBiondo holds yearly workshops for local fire departments to provide assistance so that they can best prepare grant applications and be successful in attaining funding. Since the program began in 2001, the 2nd District has received nearly $12 million.

At the end of September 2008, Congressman LoBiondo joined with his colleague, Representative Peter Visclosky (IN-01), to urge their colleagues to approve their legislation, H.R. 6045, which reauthorizes the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program. Created in 1997 by the two lawmakers, the bipartisan BVP program provides state, local and tribal law enforcement officers with needed protection by aiding the purchase of protective equipment. Set to expire in 2009, the reauthorization will keep the grant program operating until 2012. The House approved LoBiondo's bill 404 to 2. Since 1999, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has purchased over 1.5 million bulletproof vests for over 40,000 jurisdictions in the U.S. In fiscal year 2007 alone, the Program provided $28.6 million to state and local law enforcement agencies across America and purchased over 180,000 new bulletproof vests. More than $113,000 of those federal funds has helped officers in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District. .

Congressman LoBiondo is a co-author of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act. In the Fiscal Year 2007 budget, the BVP received $29,616,000 in federal funding and in the Fiscal Year 2008 budget, the BVP received $25,850,000 in federal funding.

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