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Federal Funds Will Be Used to Purchase High Resolution Surveillance Cameras

Schumer: This Funding Will Help Monitor Crime and Protect Dutchess County Citizens

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded a total of $67,257 through a FY 09 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) to Dutchess County. Funding will be used to purchase high resolution surveillance cameras in Poughkeepsie and East Fishkill.

"The citizens of Dutchess County deserve the best in crime prevention technology," Schumer said. "This Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant will provide Dutchess County law enforcement agencies with the resources they need to ensure safety and security for our citizens."

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; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs.

Dutchess County will apply its fiscal year 2009 JAG funding towards multiple initiatives aimed at enhancing crime monitoring and deterrence programs.

Specifically, the city of Poughkeepsie Police Department will purchase three surveillance cameras to be placed in areas of the city where high volumes of gun activity and robbery are occurring.

The city of East Fishkill will also purchase high resolution video equipment, which will be positioned to monitor public entrances to the police department, squad room, the prisoner cell, parking lot, and impound yard to ensure the safety of staff and citizens who frequent the building.

The city of Poughkeepsie will serve as the fiscal agent for this award.