State Gives Aid to Local Law Enforcement to Reduce Gun Crime
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that law enforcement agencies across the state will receive a total of more than $13.2 million to reduce shootings and firearm-related homicides, and law enforcement in Erie County is receiving the largest award.
The funding is allocated through the State’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative, which is designed to aid local law enforcement agencies located in communities that experience high rates of violent crime.
The following agencies in Western New York received funding:
· Erie County: The Buffalo Police Department and District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department and Central Police Services will share $1,671,217.
· Niagara County: The Niagara Falls Police Department and District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department will share $651,797.
· Chautauqua County: The Jamestown Police Department and District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department will share $195,200.
“The state is working to reduce gun violence and make New York’s communities safer for all,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “Through the GIVE initiative, we are partnering with local law enforcement agencies to address the causes of violent crime, reduce shootings, and bring offenders to justice. This funding will help ensure safer communities for millions of New Yorkers, and I am proud to be supporting the men and women who work to keep our streets safe.”
Agencies are refining their crime-fighting focus under GIVE and have submitted targeted strategies in response to a request for applications issued by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Those strategies shape how the agencies will reduce shootings and homicides by building on information sharing and partnerships developed under Operation IMPACT, expanding crime analysis and engaging communities in the fight against gun violence.
Agencies also must incorporate the use of evidence-based strategies to attack gun crime, including targeting known offenders and people considered responsible for the most gun violence in a community and identifying locations that have been shown to be the most prone to gun violence.
Crime-fighting strategies vary by jurisdiction and include, but are not limited to: enhanced patrols in identified “hot spots,” focused deterrence against violent gangs and groups, increased supervision of individuals on parole and probation and the deployment of street outreach workers to interrupt cycles of violence or prevent retaliation. The grants fund personnel, such as prosecutors and crime analysts, in addition to overtime, equipment, training and community outreach.
DCJS will administer the grants, evaluate the agencies' progress over the course of the funding cycle (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015) and provide ongoing technical assistance to help ensure GIVE partner agencies are effectively implementing evidence-based strategies.