Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced that to the City of Buffalo has been awarded $446,676 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.
“Mayor Brown and the Buffalo Police Department understand that safe streets build thriving communities and have worked jointly and vigilantly to make public safety a priority,” said Congressman Higgins. “These additional resources will give the City the tools to implement the programs that make our schools, neighborhoods and businesses safe and strong.”
“I am deeply pleased that the City of Buffalo has been awarded this JAG grant,” Rep. Slaughter said. “By providing local law enforcement with the tools they need to make our streets safe, we can deter crime and ensure our children grow up in safe neighborhoods. This critical investment in law enforcement is an investment in the future of our community.”
"I thank the members of our federal legislative delegation for helping to secure these important grant funds, which will support our Police Department's continuing effort to fight crime and improve the quality of life for city residents," said Mayor Byron W. Brown. "Violent crime continues to decrease in Buffalo and the support we receive from programs such as the Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program will further strengthen our ability to attack criminal activity anywhere in the city."
The funding for the City of Buffalo will focus efforts on violent crime and quality of life issues that include youth curfew and truancy, case management services for the city’s drug court, and community engagement programs that focus on gang and drug eradication. Specifically, the City plans to:
· Reinstate an AIM (Attendance Improvement Model) Officer – part of a team that monitors and returns truants to school;
· Continue the Code of Conduct and Anti-Crime Programs; and
· Support an increase in the number of sweeps conducted by the “Save our Streets” program.
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.