FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $207K FEDERAL DEPT. OF JUSTICE GRANT FOR CITY OF ROCHESTER; INVESTMENT TO IMPROVE LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS
DOJ Investment Will Fund ‘Person & Family Victim Services’ Activities To Ensure Victims of Crime in Rochester Have Access To Critical Resources & Support
DOJ Funding Will Also Help Increase Supervision of Probationers, Curfew Checks & Home Monitoring
Schumer: By Supporting Rochester and Monroe County Law Enforcement, We Can Help Keep Our Community Safe
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the City of Rochester will receive a grant totaling $207,121 from the Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Specifically, the City of Rochester will utilize the JAG award to fund its Person and Family Victims Services program, which works with victims to ensure they have access to resources and services, while guiding victims through the court process so that they can be an aid in the prosecution of criminals. The funding will also be shared with the Monroe County Office of Probation and Community Corrections to provide high-quality supervision of probationers, through curfew checks and home monitoring. Senator Schumer’s office worked with the City of Rochester to ensure they received this important funding.
"Keeping our communities safe is job number one. This investment will improve victim services and help Rochester police stay on top of probationers and cut back on the repeat crimes that reduces quality of life in the region,” said Schumer. “I am pleased such an important federal investment is being made in Rochester and that our officers will have the support they need to keep our communities safe.”
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).