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For immediate release: 10/5/2015

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEARLY $710,000 IN GRANTS TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS FOR NEW FINGERPRINTING EQUIPMENT

Funds Allow Departments Across the State to Replace Aging Electronic Equipment

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $710,000 in state grants to 51 police departments and sheriffs’ offices across the state for the purchase of electronic fingerprinting equipment. This new equipment will replace existing devices that either malfunction or are obsolete.

“Fingerprinting is a proven and highly effective crime-fighting method – which drives us to help law enforcement agencies record and share fingerprints as efficiently as possible,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants will help departments across the state, regardless of size, maintain a vital form of equipment, and I am proud that the state is able to help our local partners in this way.”

All fingerprints taken in connection with arrests must be submitted electronically to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services – the state's repository of criminal history record information – and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Digital fingerprint technology enables law enforcement agencies and the courts to instantly receive an arrestee’s positive identification and any past criminal history and warrant information from the state. This information is crucial in determining how cases against arrested individuals proceed, including whether bail is set by the court.

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, “Electronic fingerprinting is a phenomenal resource for law enforcement agencies, but the equipment eventually needs to be replaced and that can sometimes place a burden on local police budgets. These grants will help offset the cost of upgrading older equipment and ensure these systems function properly.”

The maximum grant awarded for each device was $10,000. Each of the grant recipients must provide a 50 percent local match as this technology benefits both local law enforcement agencies and the state. Any municipal police department or county sheriff’s office in the state was eligible to apply for this funding and could apply for more than one device if the agency hosts a regional server that allows others to electronically submit fingerprints to the state and FBI.

The following police departments and sheriffs’ offices in 27 counties received funding to update their equipment; agencies with grant awards of $10,000 or less will purchase one device:

Long Island:

  • Garden City Police Department, Nassau County: $8,345
  • Long Beach Police Department, Nassau County: $10,000
  • Nassau County Police Department: $19,205 for two devices
  • Southampton Village Police Department, Suffolk County: $10,000
  • Suffolk County Police Department: $150,000 to replace 15 devices at 12 separate locations
  • Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office: $10,000

Hudson Valley:

  • Beacon Police Department, Dutchess County: $10,000
  • Clarkstown Police Department, Rockland County: $10,000
  • Goshen Town Police Department, Orange County: $8,998
  • Kingston Police Department, Ulster County: $10,000
  • Middletown Police Department, Orange County: $10,000
  • Mount Vernon Police Department, Westchester County: $10,000
  • New Paltz Police Department, Ulster County: $10,000
  • Putnam County Sheriff’s Office: $19,989 for two devices
  • Westchester County Department of Public Safety: $8,351
  • White Plains Department of Public Safety, Westchester County: $10,000
  • Yonkers Police Department, Westchester County: $19,692 for two devices

Greater Capital Region:

  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office: $20,000 for two units

Mohawk Valley/Central New York:

  • Cortland Police Department, Cortland County: $10,000
  • Dewitt Police Department, Onondaga County: $10,000
  • Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office: $80,712 for one device for that agency and equipment for the Baldwinsville, Camillus, Geddes, Liverpool, and Solvay police departments and the sheriffs’ offices in Wayne and Yates counties
  • Otsego County Sheriff’s Office: $10,000
  • Oswego Police Department, Oswego County: $10,000

Southern Tier:

  • Chenango County Sheriff’s Office: $18,131 for two devices
  • Corning Police Department, Steuben County: $10,000
  • Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County: $10,000
  • Monticello Police Department, Sullivan County: $10,000
  • Steuben County Sheriff’s Office: $20,000 for two devices
  • Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office: $20,000 for two devices

Finger Lakes:

  • Canandaigua Police Department, Ontario County: $10,000
  • East Rochester Police Department, Monroe County: $10,000
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office: $10,000
  • Nunda Police Department, Livingston County: $7,917
  • Ontario County Sheriff’s Office: $10,000
  • Rochester Police Department, Monroe County: $9,158
  • Seneca Falls Town Police Department, Seneca County: $9,665
  • Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office: $8,124

Western New York:

  • Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office: $43,989, for two devices for that agency and one each for the Fredonia, Ellicott, Jamestown and Dunkirk police departments.
  • Erie County Sheriff’s Office: $9,000
  • Lancaster Police Department, Erie County: $8,131
  • Wellsville Police Department, Allegany County: $10,000

The Division of Criminal Justice Services expects to administer another round of funding for this equipment in 2016.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services 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

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