Department of Justice grant will fund two positions, additional radios for city police department
Congressman Brian Higgins and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced the city was awarded a $44,114 federal grant through the Department of Justice’s Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program to assist the police department in continuing to fund two part-time police liaison positions, as well as provide 16 handheld radios.
Higgins said, “This federal grant supports neighborhood safety by supporting police officers dedicated to community building, and it keeps communication technology – fundamental to daily operations – up-to-date.”
Dyster said, "These police liaison positions are an essential component of our community policing strategy. This important investment is critical to fostering trust in our police department.
“On behalf of the residents of Niagara Falls, I want to thank Congressmen Higgins for his steadfast commitment to public safety in Western New York."
The police liaison position within the Niagara Falls Police Department will help foster the relationship between the department, community groups and residents by communicating the department’s work and initiatives, as well as working with other city agencies. Additionally, the department will use the 16 interoperable radios funded by the grant to supplement their current fleet of radios and replace those that are outdated or beyond repair.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program helps state and local governments with crime prevention and law enforcement activities. Funding can go toward anything from law enforcement programs, prosecution and court programs, to drug treatment, victim and witness programs, and mental health.
In 2015, Higgins and Dyster announced a JAG grant that helped the NFPD purchase dozens of body cameras – the first police department in the region to do so.