Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins & Mayor Polanski Announce Federal Grant for Public Safety and Crime Fighting Efforts in the City of Lackawanna
September 7, 2007
          Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Lackawanna Mayor Norman Polanski announced that to the City of Lackawanna has been awarded federal grant in the amount of $10,951 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 Polanski is to be commended for his tirelessness in pursuing whatever state and federal funds are available for police equipment to save money for Lackawanna taxpayers,” said Congressman Higgins. 
             The City of Lackawanna will use its Fiscal Year 2007 JAG award to purchase four tasers with the necessary accessories and will fund instructors to properly train Lackawanna Police Department officers to use the equipment.
             “My administration is working hard to make sure that our police officers have advanced crime-fighting technology to keep our streets safe and secure,” Mayor Polanski added.
            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.

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