Law enforcement agencies share in $1 in crime fighting grants

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ALBANY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced 31 law enforcement agencies will share nearly $1 million in grants to boost a crime-prevention efforts in upstate New York.

The Hudson Valley received $215,100 to six police departments; the Southern Tier received $37,800 distributed to two police departments; and the Finger Lakes region received $185,290 distributed to eight police departments. Western New York received $157,800 distributed to four police departments in Erie and Niagara counties.

The grants go to law enforcement agencies in counties not participating in the state's new Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative. As part of the state budget, Cuomo ended Operation IMPACT, a crime-fighting program started in 2004 for 17 upstate counties with high crime rates.

He and the state Legislature agreed last month to replace it with the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative. The state will allow the 17 counties to compete for $13 million for the new program.

The grants announced today come from Operation IMPACT money not used in last year's budget, state officials said. It will go to smaller law enforcement agencies to fight crime.

"Crime has gone down across our state in the last several years, and the state is continuing to invest in making New York safer," Cuomo said in a statement. "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."

Here's a list of the police departments and sheriffs' offices awarded grants by region.

Hudson Valley:

· Beacon Police Department (Dutchess County): $49,900 for increased patrols to combat burglaries, larcenies and other property crimes.

· Greenburgh Police Department (Westchester County): $22,500 for a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries.

· Hyde Park Police Department (Dutchess County): $50,000 to assist with the creation of a Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) that will work with established programs throughout the county to target domestic violence.

· Liberty Police Department (Sullivan County): $20,000 for increased patrols to combat drug- and gang-related criminal activity.

· Poughkeepsie (Town) Police Department (Dutchess County): $22,700 for a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries and larcenies.

· Saugerties Police Department (Ulster County): $50,000 for two license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.

Southern Tier:

· Bath Police Department (Steuben County): $16,900 to purchase a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to reduce burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.

· Johnson City Police Department (Broome County): $20,900 for enhanced investigation and supervision of probationers and parolees to reduce recidivism.

Finger Lakes:

· Brockport Police Department (Monroe County): $31,200 for increased patrols to combat burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.

· Dryden Police Department (Tompkins County): $8,720 for training an evidence and equipment technician.

· East Rochester Police Department (Monroe County): $5,500 for increased patrols to focus on reducing car larcenies and burglaries.

· Gates Police Department (Monroe County): $10,600 for increased patrols to target car larcenies and burglaries.

· Orleans County Sheriff's Office: $23,900 for increased patrols and investigation to combat burglaries.

· Seneca Falls Police Department (Seneca County): $13,800 for the purchase of a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to combat larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.

· Tompkins County: $47,200 to fund three of the eight license plate reader packages the county plans to purchase, to be used by six agencies within the county: Tompkins County Sheriff's Office and Ithaca, Dryden, Trumansburg, Cayuga Heights and Groton police departments.

· Yates County Sheriff's Office: $44,370 for three license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to reduce burglaries and other crimes.

Western New York:

· Cheektowaga Police Department (Erie County): $50,000 for the purchase of three license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to reduce burglaries and larcenies.

· Lancaster Police Department (Erie County): $36,300 for increased patrols and investigations to combat burglaries and larcenies.

· Lewiston Police Department (Niagara County): $41,500 for the purchase of two license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its effort to reduce index crimes in the town.

· Lockport Police Department (Niagara County): $30,000 for enhanced patrols targeting all index crimes.

AHUFPL@Gannett.com

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