FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2005
Schumer Announces Almost $200,000 For Nassau County For Crime Control And Prevention Progam
Grant awarded as part of Justice Assistance Grant Program
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $199,637 has been awarded to Nassau County by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG). 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. “With better technology for investigations and more police, the local governments will be able to make Nassau County and the surrounding communities a safer place for families to live.”
Nassau County will use $176,060 in federal funds for police officer and district attorney investigation overtime, for an improved police and domestic violence coalition partnership, and for crime analysis technology. Specifically the funding will be broken down with $55,000 for police and investigative overtime to focus on violent activity related to drugs, gangs and guns, as well as victim witness protection. $30,000 will be provided for intervention services for victims of domestic violence and for a prosecution of perpetrators through a partnership between the Nassau County Police and the Nassau Coalition Against Domestic Violence. An additional $91,060 will be used for the purchase of hardware and software to track, analyze, map and present crime patterns to inform and improve crime reduction strategies.
The Village of Freeport has been allocated $23,577 in federal funding to pay for overtime hours, providing about 320 additional overtime hours for patrol officers.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program 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.