Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Cheektowaga Supervisor Dennis Gabryszak and West Seneca Supervisor Paul Clark announced that $287,519 has been awarded to the City of Buffalo, Erie County and the Towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca. The funding comes from the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) which 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.
The City of Buffalo will be the lead agency for the administration of $287,519 in JAG funding on behalf of the City, Erie County and the Towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Buffalo will use $228,507 in funding for approximately 800 hours of police officer overtime for increased patrols and community policing throughout the City; for crime data sharing technology; for drug court services; for partially staffing the Save Our Streets Task Force; and for youth crime education and prevention efforts. The County of Erie will use its $38,000 FY2006 JAG award to partially fund an Assistant District Attorney position specifically assigned to Juvenile Justice prosecution. The Town of Cheektowaga will use its $10,623 FY2006 JAG award to fund 240 hours of police officer overtime for increased bike patrols and increased checkpoint patrols. The Town of West Seneca will use its $10,389 FY2006 JAG award to fund 240 hours of police officer overtime for increased community policing patrols.
“These funds will serve as a great help to some of our local police departments in Erie County,” said Higgins. “The brave hardworking police officers and support staff in our area play a crucial role in making sure our streets are safe, our crime is kept down and that prevention is a top priority. I applaud their valiant work.”
“I have made public safety and zero tolerance for crime a top priority of my administration,” said Mayor Brown. “These Justice Assistance Grant Program funds will bolster important and necessary police functions that strengthen our ongoing effort to reduce crime, make our neighborhoods safer and improve our citizens’ quality of life.”
“I would like to thank Congressman Brian Higgins and the U.S. Department of Justice for providing the Town of Cheektowaga with these much needed funds for community policing activities,” said Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Dennis H. Gabryszak. “Our residents appreciate seeing the Cheektowaga Police Department conduct bike patrols and traffic safety checkpoints in their neighborhoods, so we are very grateful to Congressman Higgins and the U.S. DOJ for this award.”
“A safe community is good for residents and economic development,” said West Seneca Supervisor Paul Clark. “These federal resources will allow us to increase police presence in the great neighborhoods and business districts in West Seneca.”
Across the country, the JAG program funds are 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; and 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.