Gov. Cuomo gives $1M in grants to 31 of the state's police departments
New York law enforcement agencies received some good news on April 15 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 31 agencies will receive a collective $1 million in grants to help stop the crime, The Journal News reported. The grant was given to help boost crime-prevention efforts through adopting new technology and crime mapping systems in upstate New York.
According to the source, the Hudson Valley was granted $215,000 for six police departments, the Southern Tier was given $37,800 for two police departments, Finger Lake was given $185,290 for eight police departments and Western New York received $157,800 for four police departments in both Erie and Niagara counties.
"Crime has gone down across our state in the last several years, and the state is continuing to invest in making New York safer," Gov. Cuomo said in an official statement, according to The Journal News. "The safety of New Yorkers is a top priority for the State, and these grants will help local Police and Sheriff departments purchase the tools they need to fight and prevent crime."
State government trying to fund more police departments
Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature agreed to institute the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative, which will allow the 17 counties to compete for $13 million from the new program for reducing crime throughout the state.
State officials said the grants given to the police departments are a part of Operation IMPACT, and the money was collected from funding not used in 2013, the source reported.
The GIVE and IMPACT initiatives both target the 17 counties that account for 80 percent of the crime reported outside of New York City, reported My Champlain Valley. Some of the police departments are using the money toward improving different crime-fighting technologies in their agency:
- Poughkeepsie Police Department in Dutchess County will use the $22,700 for a license plate reader package, which uses technology to target burglaries and larcenies.
- Saugerties Police Department in Ulster County will receive $50,000 for two license plate reader packages to help target burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.
- Dryden Police Department in Tompkins County will receive $8,720 for training and an evidence and equipment technician.
- Lockport Police Department in Niagara County will receive $30,000 for enhanced patrols targeting all index crimes.
New York officials are hopeful the grant will encourage more law enforcement agencies to invest in new technology to help fight crime.
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