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November 15, 2013

New grant available to local law enforcement

PLATTSBURGH — Local law-enforcement agencies could receive up to $50,000 in state funding if they qualify for a new grant.

The Plattsburgh City Police Department is looking into the specifics of the expanded Operation IMPACT grant, said Heather Silver, assistant to Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot.

Funding is available to agencies in 40 upstate New York counties, including Clinton, Franklin and Essex, said Janine Kava, director of public information for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which administers the grant.

According to a news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office, $1 million in funding is available statewide.

“With these Operation IMPACT Tools grants, the state is providing assistance to smaller communities in fighting crime,” Cuomo said in the release.

“This program aims to help law-enforcement agencies with limited resources by encouraging initiatives such as partnerships and data and information sharing.”

OVERTIME FUNDING

The money can be used to reduce gun violence and other violent crime.

It is designed to help law-enforcement agencies in smaller jurisdictions implement active partnerships, secure crime data that is timely and accurate and share information and effective strategies to reduce violent crime.

More specifically, grants could be used for overtime funding for operations like patrols for a specific initiative and warrant sweeps; DNA collection at crime scene; strategies to reduce violence in intimate-partner relationships; and multi-agency efforts.

Any of the 40 counties outside of New York City that are not already participating in the program can apply, according to the Division of Criminal Justice Services’ website.

Each application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the county’s district attorney.

NOV. 26 DEADLINE

The state encourages agencies at the local and county level to partner with each other and nonprofit groups when applying for the grants.

If the agencies partner, they will share any money awarded, Kava said.

As of Tuesday, no agencies in the state had submitted applications, she said.

But that’s not unusual, she said, adding that most agencies don’t submit their applications until around deadline, which, in this case, is Nov. 26.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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