Local police receive grants to purchase license plate readers and cameras

Eight police and sheriff departments across Central New York are receiving a boost to help reduce burglaries and larcenies.

It's part of $1 million in grants going to 31 law enforcement agencies across the state through the State's Division of Criminal Justice Service. The Camillus Police Department, Seneca Falls Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office and Tompkins County Sheriff's Office are all receiving funds which will allow the agencies to purchase a license plate reader package. Profiled in depth by CNY Central last month, the technology - which includes two cameras mounted to the trunk of a patrol vehicle -- is a way to put more eyes on wanted vehicles and wanted drivers. The cameras are linked to a computer that has access to a statewide database. An alarm will go off when the driver, or a specific car, has a violation.

Camillus Police Department will get $33,800 to go toward the new tool; The Seneca Falls Force will receive $13,800.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office will get $43,300.

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office will get $47,200 to buy three of the eight license plate reader packages the county plans to purchase. Six agencies, including the Ithaca, Dryden, Trumansburg, Cayuga Heights, and Groton Police Departments, as well as the Sheriff's Office, will use the devices.

In addition, the Dryden Police Force is getting $8,720 to train an evidence and equipment technician.

"Crime has gone down across our state in the last several years and the state is continuing to invest in making New York safer," Governor Cuomo said in a release to CNYCentral. "The safety of New Yorkers is a top priority for the State, and these grants will help local Police and Sheriff departments purchase the tools they need to fight and prevent crime."

The Tools grants were awarded to 27 police departments and four sheriff's offices across the state.

They are provided through the Operation IMPACT program -- now the Gun Involved Violence Intervention (GIVE) Initiative through the Division of Criminal Service.