Senator secures funding for crime-fighting efforts and support services
During a ceremonial check presentation Thursday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt delivered a total of $30,000 in state funding to help protect members of the public and support programs and services in Niagara County.
The Niagara Falls Police Department and the North Tonawanda Police Department each received $10,000.
The NFPD plans to purchase new bulletproof vests for officers who often put themselves in harm's way. As members of the police force patrol the streets and respond to potentially dangerous incidents, the bulletproof vests will help protect the officers while they protect the public safety.
The North Tonawanda Police Department will purchase surveillance cameras to help fight against crime and operate more efficiently and effectively. Several video cameras will be installed throughout the downtown area, allowing the department to investigate and solve crime in a timelier manner. The cameras will also help to document, deter and reduce crime in the city.
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier also received $10,000 in state funding in support of its parole re-entry program, which provides support services for individuals who are released from incarceration and transitioning back into the community. Services include cognitive behavioral programs, employment readiness, connections to health care and housing, educational opportunities, addiction treatment, mentoring programs and parole support groups.
Earlier this week, Ortt delivered $10,000 checks to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the Lockport Police Department, and $15,000 to the county's DA's office. Ortt secured the money in the 2016-17 state budget, in addition to public protection funding secured last year.