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For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

New York State hosts training in crime targeting and reduction strategies for agencies participating in the state’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative

Law enforcement professionals from GIVE agencies in Broome, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe,
Niagara and Onondaga counties attend “Hot Spot Policing” technical assistance workshop

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is sponsoring a two-day technical assistance training – “Implementing Innovations in Policing: Hot Spots, High Impact Players and Hardening Targets” – for agencies that participate in the state’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative.

More than 80 law enforcement professionals from six of the 17 GIVE counties – Broome, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, Niagara and Onondaga – are registered to attend the training, which began today at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility in Rochester. 

Hot spot policing strategies are data-driven, using incident reports, calls for service and other information to identify concentrated areas of concern. Agencies then can focus their resources in areas where crime is more likely to occur in order to target, reduce and prevent it. The training also will focus on identifying chronic offenders, developing and implementing intervention strategies and integrating the work of prosecutors and probation.

GIVE targets communities served by 20 law enforcement agencies that collectively report 86 percent of the violent crime in the state outside of New York City. GIVE evolved from Operation IMPACT and provides those agencies and others in 17 counties with $13.2 million in grants to reduce shootings and firearm-related homicides. Providing free technical assistance to jurisdictions is a new component of GIVE and part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s effort to provide additional support and resources to local law enforcement.

DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, “New York State is committed to leveraging our resources to bring nationally recognized experts to the state so law enforcement professionals in GIVE jurisdictions can receive technical assistance to effectively implement proven, evidence-based strategies to reduce shootings and homicides. This is another example of Governor Cuomo's commitment to support local law enforcement efforts to enhance public safety and save lives.”

The training is being presented by Dr. Craig Uchida, president of Justice & Security Strategies and a visiting fellow at the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, a nationally-known researcher with expertise in helping law enforcement agencies institute evidence-based programs to reduce and prevent crime.  He will be joined by two other national experts, including Cambridge (Mass.) Police Commissioner Robert Haas and David Gamero, an intelligence analyst with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Agencies in the 11 other GIVE counties – Albany, Dutchess, Nassau, Oneida, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester – will receive hot-spot policing technical assistance in the coming months. All GIVE agencies also will receive technical assistance in crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and the use of focused deterrence against violent gangs and groups.

Representatives from the following law enforcement agencies are registered to attend the technical assistance training, which concludes tomorrow: police departments in Binghamton, Buffalo, Jamestown, Niagara Falls, Rochester and Syracuse; sheriffs’ offices from Broome, Erie, Monroe and Niagara counties; district attorneys’ offices in Broome, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe and Niagara counties; and probation departments in Erie, Monroe and Niagara counties. Also attending will be representatives from the New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force; Crime Analysis Centers in Broome, Erie, Monroe and Onondaga counties; and the Center for Public Safety Initiatives at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

More information on GIVE: http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/pio/press_releases/2014-05-01_pressrelease.html.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (www.criminaljustice.ny.gov) is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including law enforcement training; collection and analysis of statewide crime data; maintenance of criminal history information and fingerprint files; administrative oversight of the state’s DNA databank, in partnership with the New York State Police; funding and oversight of probation and community correction programs; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry.