Schumer Announces Niagara Falls set to Receive Over $58,000 in D.O.J. Grant

August 24, 2011 Updated Aug 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM EDT

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Schumer Announces Niagara Falls set to Receive Over $58,000 in D.O.J. Grant

August 24, 2011 Updated Aug 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM EDT

Washington, D.C. (WKBW-Release)

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced a $58,803 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Department of Justice that will focus on crime reduction in the City of Niagara Falls, and other communities throughout Niagara County. Specifically, the investment will hire a civilian police aide for the community, and will help the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office continue its efforts on sex crime enforcement . Schumer applauds the Department of Justice in their selection of Niagara County for this JAG award, and the Department’s mission to help local governments prevent and control crime in their regions.

"This is great news for the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara County,” said Schumer. “This investment will help make our streets and neighborhoods safer for children, families and seniors. When it comes to protecting our citizens we must be tough and smart, and these community partnerships and increased police presence will do just that.”

The City of Niagara Falls and Niagara County will use this Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to enhance crime

prevention and community policing. With grant funds, the Niagara Falls Police Department will hire a civilian Community Policing Aide and the Niagara County District Attorney's Office will continue to fund a Criminal Investigator position that will concentrate their efforts on sex crime enforcement.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice. This can include any of the following purpose areas: law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment and enforcement programs; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs.