31 law enforcement agencies across New York State will share nearly $1 million in grants to reduce, solve and prevent crime. Administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), the Operation IMPACT Tools grants were made available to law enforcement agencies in 40 Upstate counties that had not otherwise participated in the state’s Operation IMPACT program, which has since transitioned to the Gun Involved Violence Intervention (GIVE) initiative.
Both IMPACT and GIVE target 17 counties that account for 80 percent of the reported crime in the state outside of New York City. Agencies within those 17 counties not already funded through IMPACT/GIVE also were eligible to apply for Tools grants, which are designed to encourage law enforcement agencies in smaller jurisdictions to use active partnerships; timely, accurate crime data; sharing of information; and effective strategies to target and reduce crime in their communities.
Grants will go to law enforcement organizations in Long Island; the Hudson Valley; Greater Capital Region; North Country; Mohawk Valley/Central New York; Southern Tier; Finger Lakes, and Western New York.
“Our experience with Operation IMPACT has shown us how important and effective partnerships among law enforcement agencies can be in fighting and preventing crime of all types. Crime doesn’t stop at a county, city, town or village border,” said DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green.