FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $11K FEDERAL GRANT FOR TOWN OF TONAWANDA; INVESTMENT TO IMPROVE LAW ENFORCEMENT
Tonawanda Will Use the Funds to Expand and Continue Its Innovative Crime Data DDACTS Program
Schumer: Crime Prevention Based on Data Means Law Enforcement Can Be In the Right Place at the Right Time
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Town of Tonawanda will receive a grant totaling $11,214 from the Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. The Town of Tonawanda will utilize JAG funds to ensure that there are more officers on the streets in high crime and high traffic accident areas. The project goal is to reduce crime through the utilization of additional patrols based on implementation of Tonawanda’s Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) information.
"Keeping our communities safe is job #1. This investment will help Tonawanda implement its innovative crime data program, which is designed to better target high-crime areas and better utilize our precious law enforcement resources,” said Schumer
“The DDACTS Program has been a tremendous asset to our Department” said Tonawanda Police Chief Tony Palombo. “This funding will help us continue the DDACTS program on a more regular basis and on a larger scale. I want to thank Senator Schumer for his role in helping us to secure this important funding.”
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and 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, including 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 and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).