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Governor Hochul announces $127 million secured for new technology to support law enforcement statewide in solving crimes

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May 15, 2024

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that $127 million will be allocated to police departments and sheriffs’ offices across the state of New York. This funding will be used for new technology and equipment to enhance crime prevention and solve crimes, ultimately improving public safety. The Governor was able to secure additional funding in the FY 2025 Enacted Budget to fulfill applications submitted by 378 law enforcement agencies last fall.

Law enforcement agencies will utilize this funding to purchase modern technology and equipment to streamline their operations and effectively combat crime. The grants will support the acquisition of various equipment and technology, such as license plate readers, mobile and fixed camera systems, computer-aided dispatch systems, software, unmanned aerial vehicles, gunshot detection devices, and advanced equipment for patrol vehicles and police officers.

Governor Hochul emphasized that public safety remains her top priority, and these investments in law enforcement are crucial to providing them with the necessary resources to protect communities. By investing in cutting-edge technology and equipment, law enforcement agencies will be better equipped to address the evolving challenges of crime prevention and community safety.

The State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has notified all agencies of their grant awards and will be sending out official award letters to police departments and sheriffs’ offices this month. More than half of the allocated funding will be used for license plate readers, body-worn and patrol vehicle equipment, and public safety camera systems, showing a strategic focus on essential crime-fighting tools.

Commissioner Rossana Rosado of the Division of Criminal Justice Services expressed gratitude to Governor Hochul for listening to the needs of police agencies and community organizations across New York. The ongoing collaboration between law enforcement agencies and community partners is aimed at strengthening relationships and supporting evidence-based practices to ensure the safety and prosperity of New Yorkers.

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