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For immediate release:
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009  

Law enforcement agencies in Fulton, Saratoga and Wayne counties share more than $140,000 in grants to combat violent, drug crime
“IMPACT Tools” supports intelligence-driven enforcement, interagency cooperation

Law enforcement agencies in Fulton, Saratoga and Wayne counties will share more than $140,000 in grants to enhance efforts to target violent and drug crime in their communities.

Awarded by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) through its IMPACT Tools program, the grants were given earlier this month to the following agencies:

  • Fulton County District Attorney’s Office: $48,000 to coordinate drug and violent crime interdiction in partnership with the Gloversville and Johnstown police departments.
  • Saratoga Springs Police Department: $45,000 to combat drug crimes with targeted patrols and enhanced investigations. The department is working in partnership with the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, which last fall received $45,000 through IMPACT Tools to fund a part-time prosecutor to handle drug cases developed by the Saratoga Springs police.
  • Clyde, Lyons and Newark police departments in Wayne County: $48,000 to support those agencies’ participation in the Wayne Narcotics Enforcement Team.

“During these extremely challenging fiscal times, we must balance fiscal prudence and the most basic responsibility of government: the protection of its citizenry. We cannot afford to lose the ground that we have gained across New York State in the fight against violent and gun crime,” said Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise E. O’Donnell. “Local governments are struggling, too, so it’s important that we work in partnership with law enforcement to support effective programs that are making communities across the state safer.”

The IMPACT Tools program is designed to provide anti-crime funding to law enforcement agencies across the state that do not participate in Operation IMPACT, the state’s premier crime-fighting program that targets 17 counties upstate and on Long Island that report about 80 percent of the crime in the state outside of New York City.

Approximately $1 million is available annually through IMPACT Tools and the funds are awarded in two cycles. In addition to these three grants, another 11 totaling $278,159 were provided to police departments and sheriff’s offices across the state so they can convert from “ink and roll” fingerprints to digital technology. And last fall, 18 agencies shared approximately $618,000, primarily for drug and gun crime interdiction efforts.

The IMPACT Tools grants are competitive and agencies can use the money in a variety of ways, including for personnel or overtime and to purchase equipment, such as digital fingerprint technology, portable radios and license plate readers.

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.