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Congressman Higgins Announces over $24,000 for Public Safety Efforts in Chautauqua County

Jul 28, 2009
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Jamestown and Chautauqua County have been awarded $24,661 in a federal grant for the Fiscal Year 2009 through the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  The funds will provide essential law enforcement services to the community and enhance officer safety.

“Through this grant, the Sheriff’s office and the Jamestown Police, under the great leadership of Sheriff Gerace and Chief Rater, will be able to purchase new equipment that will directly improve law enforcement capabilities and enhance efforts to keep our community safe,” said Congressman Higgins.

Jamestown and Chautauqua County will receive $24,661 with the funds evenly distributed to each jurisdiction.  The city of Jamestown Police Department plans to purchase a vehicle for crime scene responses.  The new vehicle replaces an older model and as a result will significantly save costs repair and maintenance costs. The county sheriff’s department plans to purchase law enforcement equipment for its patrol vehicles.

Under the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program allows states and units of local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions.