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For immediate release:
Monday, Nov. 19, 2007

Law enforcement agencies across New York State share
more than $800,000 in grants to combat violent, drug crime
“IMPACT Tools” supports intelligence-driven enforcement, interagency cooperation

Twenty-eight law enforcement agencies across New York have received more than $800,000 in grants from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to develop integrated, intelligence-driven strategies and purchase equipment to combat specific crime problems in their communities.

The funding is available through the agency’s “IMPACT Tools” program and is designed to augment the work being done through Operation IMPACT. Operation IMPACT supports strategic crime-fighting and violence reduction initiatives in the 17 counties outside of New York City – Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester – that account for 80 percent of the crime upstate and on Long Island.

Approximately $1 million is available through IMPACT Tools. The 40 counties that do not participate in Operation IMPACT – or municipalities within Operation IMPACT counties that are currently not part of that initiative – are eligible to apply for funding.

“IMPACT Tools is designed to extend the key principles of Operation IMPACT – intelligence-based policing, partnerships among law enforcement agencies and timely use of accurate crime data among them – to agencies across the state so they can identify trends and develop and implement effective strategies to tackle violent and drug crimes that tear at the fabric of their communities,” said DCJS Commissioner Denise E. O’Donnell, who also serves as assistant secretary to the governor for criminal justice.

The grants are competitive and agencies can use the money in a variety of ways, including to purchase equipment, such as laptop computers and portable radios, and to pay for overtime or personnel. The following agencies received awards:
                       

Hudson Valley
                       

  • Fishkill (Dutchess County) Police Department: $21,175 for the purchase of a license plate reader and accompanying equipment.
  • Catskill (Greene County), Goshen (Orange County), New Paltz (Ulster County) and Scarsdale (Westchester County) police departments: $18,675 each for the purchase of a license plate reader.
  • Middletown (Orange County) Police Department: $40,000 to implement directed patrols to target incidents of robbery and assault.

Capital Region

  • Cobleskill (Schoharie County) and North Greenbush (Rensselaer County) police departments: $18,675 each for the purchase of a license plate reader.
  • Cohoes Police Department (Albany County): $25,544 to purchase Live Scan fingerprint technology.
  • Fulton County District Attorney’s Office: $54,000 to coordinate drug and violent crime interdiction in partnership with the Gloversville and Johnstown police departments.
  • Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office: $49,216 to fund a part-time prosecutor to handle drug and violent crimes in Saratoga Springs.
  • Saratoga Springs Police Department (Saratoga County): $25,000 to target drug trafficking.

North Country

  • Franklin County District Attorney’s Office: $60,000 to fund an assistant district attorney, who will prosecute cases brought by the St. Regis Reservation Tribal Police Department. The DA’s office has seen an increase in cases because tribal police are now police officers under New York State law.

Central New York

  • Frankfort Police Department (Herkimer County): $18,675 for the purchase of a license plate reader.
  • Ilion Police Department (Herkimer County): $20,307 for the purchase of a license plate reader and laptop computer.
  • Kirkland Police Department (Oneida County): $22,700 for the purchase of a license plate reader as well as pay for its installation and warranty.
  • Oneida Police Department (Madison County): $35,000 to continue a county-wide, multi-agency investigative team to target major crimes associated with drug trafficking.
  • Oswego Police Department (Oswego County): $20,675 for the purchase of a license plate reader as well as to pay for its installation and warranty.

Finger Lakes

  • Ontario County Sheriff’s Department: $29,000 to increase enforcement and execution of warrants.
  • Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office: $36,000 for a part-time assistant district attorney and investigator to develop coordinated strategies to target and prosecute violent crimes.

Southern Tier

  • Chemung County Sheriff’s Office: $23,336 to continue Project RAM (Rid Area of Meth), a targeted enforcement and educational effort to address the illegal production and trafficking of methamphetamine in the county.
  • Waverly Police Department (Tioga County): $22,000 to target illegal production and trafficking of methamphetamine.

Western New York

  • Cheektowaga Police Department (Erie County): $49,962 to fund directed patrols, undercover operations and educational programs targeting illegal drug trafficking.
  • Clyde Police Department (Wayne County): $54,000 for the continued funding of the Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team, which targets street-level drug dealers.
  • Irondequoit Police Department (Monroe County): $22,835 for the purchase of a license plate reader and overtime funding for an officer to educate the public about motor vehicle theft prevention.
  • Lockport Police Department (Niagara County): $20,675 for the purchase of a license plate reader as well as to pay for its installation and warranty.

  • North Tonawanda Police Department (Niagara County): $50,000 to fund overtime for the department’s “knock and talk” program and its “Drug Undercover Street Team” (DUST) initiative, both of which target the illegal drug trade, and to institute a new initiative to combat violent crime.

  • Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office: $32,500 to fund directed patrols, undercover operations, equipment and training for the Wyoming County Drug Task Force.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry and a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.