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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2005

Schumer Announces Over $266,000 for Hudson Valley Crime Control and Prevention Programs

Grant awarded as part of Justice Assistance Grant Program

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $266,757 has been awarded to the City of Yonkers, City of Poughkeepsie, and the surrounding areas by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The federal funds will be used for crime control and prevention programs.

“When it comes to protecting our citizens, we need to be tough on crime and smart on prevention," Schumer said. “These much needed funds will help to bring the quality people and first-rate technology that allow Hudson Valley families to live safely and comfortably.”

The City of Yonkers will use $96,909 in JAG funding to provide an additional 694 overtime hours for patrol officers focused on crime and quality of life complaints. Funds will also be used to purchase upgraded equipment for the Police Department including six Mobile Data Terminals for patrol vehicles.

The City of Mount Vernon will use $42,428 to purchase and equip a patrol vehicle and communications equipment for the Police Department.

The County of Westchester will use $32,863 for Probation Officer overtime responsible for electronic monitoring of sex offenders.

The City of New Rochelle will use $22,519 to purchase four mobile computers and related equipment for the Police Department patrol vehicles.

The City of White Plains will use $19,095 to purchase two mobile computers and related communications equipment for the Mobile Command Post vehicle units for emergency services and patrol supervision.

The Village of Ossining will use $12,851 to purchase two mobile video cameras and related equipment for Police Department patrol cars.

The City of Poughkeepsie will use $10,092 in JAG funding to support the Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit with the purchase of communications headgear, tactical vests and related items. The City will also use $10,000 on the Crime Scene Program for camera, forensic and arson investigation equipment.

The Town of Poughkeepsie will use $10,000 for the purchase of rifles for police officers on patrol.

The County of Dutchess will use $10,000 to equip a tactical unit within the Sheriff’s Department with body armor, helmets and other personnel gear.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment programs; and 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.

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