New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state will appropriate $13.3 million to the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative.
“This administration has worked tirelessly to combat gun violence in New York and prevent the needless tragedy that comes with it,” said Cuomo, who was also the force behind the controversial SAFE Act.
“Through the GIVE initiative, we are giving law enforcement agencies more resources necessary to fight gun violence in our streets in order to save lives and make communities across this state safer,” he continued.
The money will be split up amongst 17 participating counties and will be used by law enforcement departments in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Hempstead, Jamestown, Kingston, Middletown, Mount Vernon, Nassau County, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Schenectady, Spring Valley, Suffolk County, Syracuse, Troy, Utica and Yonkers.
“New York State stands alone in our commitment to funding evidence-based efforts to combat gun violence and our corresponding commitment to providing comprehensive, hands-on training from nationally recognized experts,” said Michael C. Green, executive deputy commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
“Funding is critical, but it is equally important to provide agencies with information and resources so they can implement proven strategies as intended,” Green added. “We remain committed to working with our GIVE partners to help save lives and look forward to providing additional training as we move ahead with the second year of GIVE.”
Those “evidence-based” strategies include:
- Hot-spots policing, which uses data such as incident reports, calls for service and other information about areas of persistent criminal activity, allowing agencies to focus their resources in areas where crime is more likely to occur in order to target, reduce and prevent it.
- Focused deterrence, in which law enforcement identifies chronic offenders and targets them for enhanced attention, enforcement and prosecution. Also key to the approach is a partnership among law enforcement agencies, community groups and social services organizations, which join together to communicate directly with offenders, outlining clear consequences for continued criminal behavior.
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), which identifies how buildings, vacant lots, traffic patterns and other environmental factors in a neighborhood may influence criminal activity; and
- Street outreach workers, who work in specific communities to interrupt cycles of violence or prevent retaliation. The strategy also includes case managers, whose role is to connect individuals involved in violence with resources to help them change their behavior.
The GIVE money starts July 1, 2015 and continues until June 30, 2016. Agencies are eligible for a one-year extension. Money will be used to fund personnel, including prosecutors crime analysts, and will also be used for overtime and equipment.