For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
PR #1 - 2011

Law enforcement agencies in 15 counties receive grants to fight crime, enhance technology

Law enforcement agencies that serve small cities and suburban and rural communities will share nearly $325,000 in state grants to support targeted crime-fighting initiatives and enhance technology.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) recently awarded grants, ranging from $4,900 to $30,000, to 14 village, town and city police departments, one sheriff’s office and one city public safety department in 15 counties outside of New York City through its IMPACT Tools program.

Tools grants are available to law enforcement agencies that do not participate in Operation IMPACT, the state’s program that targets 17 counties Upstate and on Long Island reporting 80 percent of the crime in the state outside of New York City.

“These grants will provide agencies with additional resources to upgrade technology and target emerging crime problems in their communities before they become crime trends,” said DCJS Acting Commissioner Sean M. Byrne.

The agencies will use the grants in a variety of ways, including purchasing equipment that will allow them to capture fingerprints electronically, implement crime mapping and video recording of custodial interrogations, and facilitate undercover investigations. In addition, agencies will use the grants to enhance patrols and the investigation of property, drug and alcohol-related crimes.

Agencies that received grants for digital fingerprint technology could opt for equipment that allows them to capture and transmit prints electronically (LiveScan) or to scan “ink and roll” fingerprint cards so they can be transmitted electronically to DCJS (CardScan). The cost of the technology varies, depending on which vendor an agency selects to provide the equipment.

Digital fingerprint technology enables agencies to receive an arrestee’s positive identification and any past criminal history and warrant information from DCJS in less than an hour. That information is crucial to determining how cases against arrested individuals proceed, including whether bail is set by the court. Nearly all of the approximately 525 police agencies in the state transmit fingerprints to DCJS electronically.

The following agencies received grants:

Hudson Valley/Long Island

  • Carmel (town) Police Department (Putnam County): $8,120 for surveillance equipment.
  • Haverstraw (town) Police Department (Rockland County): $18,000 for overtime to target drug and alcohol-related crimes.
  • Hyde Park (town) Police Department (Dutchess County): $30,000 for LiveScan digital fingerprint technology.
  • New Rochelle (city) Police Department (Westchester County): $21,120 for overtime to target/investigate robberies.
  • White Plains (city) Public Safety Department (Westchester County): $24,954 to fund extra patrols to target crime in the city’s business district.
  • Rockville Center (village) Police Department (Nassau County): $26,900 for radio equipment and overtime to target violent and drug crimes.

Greater Capital Region/Mohawk Valley

  • Coeymans (town) Police Department (Albany County): $30,000 for LiveScan digital fingerprint technology.
  • Johnstown (city) Police Department (Fulton County): $27,979 for LiveScan digital fingerprint technology.
  • Saratoga Springs (city) Police Department (Saratoga County): $40,000 to target drug trafficking and street crime.
  • Whitestown (town) Police Department (Oneida County): $4,990 for equipment to allow for the video recording of custodial interrogations.

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier/Western New York

  • Auburn (city) Police Department (Cayuga County): $24,000 for crime mapping technology and training.
  • Chenango County Sheriff’s Office: $8,000 for surveillance equipment to enhance burglary and property crime investigations.
  • Dryden (village) Police Department (Tompkins County): $15,000 for CardScan digital fingerprint technology.
  • Elmira Heights (village) Police Department (Chemung County): $14,854 for CardScan digital fingerprint technology.
  • Port Dickinson (village) Police Department (Broome County): $9,000 to enhance drug crime investigations.
  • Webster (town) Police Department (Monroe County): $22,000 for overtime and equipment, including surveillance cameras, to target property crimes.

DCJS 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.

 

Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
(518) 457-8906 or (518) 275-5508 – cell 
janine.kava@dcjs.ny.gov