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County Law Enforcement Agencies Receive State Grants


Yesterday afternoon, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced over $120 million dollars in state funding to law enforcement agencies throughout the state for new technology and equipment upgrades designed to prevent and solve crimes and overall improve public safety.

“Public safety is my top priority, and we are continuing to make record investments in law enforcement so they have the resources they need to protect our communities,” Governor Hochul said. “By investing in the latest technology and equipment, we’re responding to the requests of law enforcement agencies as they look to safeguard the future of our state.”

The funding given will allow law enforcement agencies to purchase new technology and equipment to modernize their operations and become more efficient in solving crimes and to prevent crimes. Some of the equipment upgrades law enforcement agencies will purchase include: license plate readers, mobile and fixed camera systems, computer-aided dispatch systems, software, and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), gunshot detectors and smart equipment for police vehicles.

For Cortland County, the City of Cortland Police Department, Village of Homer Police Department, and Cortland County Sheriff’s Office received funding from the state.

Cortland Police received $576,099, Homer Police $281,500, and the Sheriff’s Office $84,375. Homer Police Chief Pitman told X101 News the funding will go towards updating the department’s communications and look into possibly getting license plate readers for patrol vehicles.

“When police agencies and community organizations across New York voiced their needs, Governor Hochul listened. We thank the Governor for working to ensure that this year’s budget met those needs, and we look forward to continuing to work with our law enforcement agencies and community partners to further strengthen those relationships and support evidence-based practices that help keep New Yorkers safe and allow communities to thrive.”

Division of Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Rossana Rosado said.

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