Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the availability of $1 million in state funding to assist law enforcement agencies in smaller urban, suburban and rural communities in Upstate New York with their efforts to reduce, solve and prevent crime.
"With these Operation IMPACT Tools grants, the State is providing assistance to smaller communities in fighting crime," Governor Cuomo said. "This program aims to help law enforcement agencies with limited resources by encouraging initiatives such as partnerships and data and information sharing. These grants will help make our streets and neighborhoods safer, and I encourage local agencies to apply for this funding."
Operation IMPACT Tools grants are available to law enforcement agencies in 40 Upstate counties that are not otherwise covered by Operation IMPACT, which provides funding to reduce gun and other violent crime in the 17 counties that account for 80 percent of the reported crime in the state outside of New York City. Agencies within the 17 IMPACT jurisdictions not already funded through that program are also eligible to apply for Tools grants.
Operation IMPACT Tools aims to encourage law enforcement agencies in smaller jurisdictions to use the four basic components of the Operation IMPACT program -- active partnerships; timely, accurate crime data; sharing of information; and effective strategies -- to reduce violent crime in their communities. Both programs are administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
Agencies can apply for up to $50,000 in grant funding. Initiatives that would be considered for IMPACT Tools funding include:
Enforcement/Investigative Operations: Includes requests for overtime funding for operations and patrols such as directed patrols and warrant sweeps;
DNA collection at crime scenes to enhance investigation of those cases;
Domestic Violence: Strategies to address reducing violence in intimate partner relationships; and
Multi-Agency Efforts: Requests that involve partnership among law enforcement and local parole offices and probation departments, for example.
Law enforcement agencies at the local and county level are encouraged to partner with each other, and partnerships with not-for-profit organizations also will be eligible for funding. Each application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the district attorney of the applicant's county.
More than $4.2 million has been provided to 98 municipalities since the IMPACT Tools program was created in 2005. Applications for funding must be submitted by Tuesday, Nov. 26; grants are scheduled to be awarded in early 2014.
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
(www.criminaljustice.ny.gov) is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including law enforcement training, collection and analysis of statewide crime data; maintenance of criminal history information and fingerprint files; administrative oversight of the state's DNA databank, in partnership with the New York State Police; 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.