New York counties to get $13 million in anti-crime grants under Operation IMPACT

The state has $13.1 million in grants under Operation IMPACT to 17 counties to fight violent crimes.

The funding allows municipalities to enhance police patrols and increase investigations to target high-crime areas.

Police departments in the 17 IMPACT counties reported that index crime was down 9 percent for the first four months of 2013, as compared to the same timeframe last year. The seven index crimes are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. They're used by the state and FBI to monitor overall crime trends.

This is the tenth found of grants, which are administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Upstate cities receiving IMPACT grants include Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Syracuse, Binghamton, Jamestown, Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

The Syracuse Police Department in Onondaga County will recieve a $1,093,300 grant.

The Utica Police Department in Oneida County will recieve a $430,200 grant.

Grants are awarded competitively and with priority given to those jurisdictions with the highest volume of crime, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

â??Operation IMPACT is a critical program in our efforts to prevent gun violence and reduce violent crimes for localities in upstate New York and Long Island," said Cuomo. "With these grants, local law enforcement can develop unique programs and targeted strategies for combatting criminals and gangs, an approach that has shown real results in communities statewide.â??