NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The two wars being fought in the Middle East are having an effect on local police departments back home.

There’s a shortage of ammunition for law enforcement agencies because of the high demand.

In New Jersey, experts tell Gannett New Jersey it has yet to become a safety issue. But rising costs and a decreased supply have put a burden on law enforcement to stockpile ammunition, and that can be a problem during lean economic times.

Some orders take a year to fill, forcing towns to make larger orders to compensate, and that can stretch budgets.

The head of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police says he’s heard the same story from police departments around the state.

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