Local law enforcement agencies receive state funding for improvements

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Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Monday that law enforcement agencies throughout New York state, including ones within Cortland County, will receive funding for improvements.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will receive a share of $127 million for new technology and equipment “to prevent and solve crimes and improve public safety,” according to a release.

According to a list, the City of Cortland Police Department is receiving $576,099, the Village of Homer Police Department is taking in $281,500 and the County Sheriff’s Office will be awarded $84,375.

Noted in the release, “Police departments and sheriffs’ offices will use the funding to purchase new technology and equipment to modernize their operations and more effectively solve and prevent crime. The grants will support a variety of equipment and technology, including but not limited to license plate readers, mobile and fixed camera systems, computer-aided dispatch systems, software, unmanned aerial vehicles, gunshot detection devices and smart equipment for patrol vehicles and police officers.

“More than half of the total funding will be used to support license plate readers (22 percent), body-worn and patrol vehicle equipment (20 percent), and public safety camera systems (17 percent).”

A complete list of the state’s law enforcement agencies receiving funding can be viewed here.

“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,” 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.”