VILLAGE NEWSROOM

Posted on: August 26, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand, Rice Announce Village to Receive DOJ Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Award

Funds Will Help Towards Making Streets & Neighborhoods Safer in Village of Hempstead

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the Village of Hempstead has been awarded $37,982 in federal U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ Funding. The funds were awarded through the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which provides funding to states and local governments to support a range of crime prevention activities based on state and local needs. The Village of Hempstead will use these funds to purchase law enforcement equipment for officers.

“When it comes to protecting residents in the Village of Hempstead, we must be smart, well-trained and prepared,” said Senator Schumer. “This investment will help make our streets and neighborhoods safer for children, families and seniors. When it comes to protecting our citizens we must be well-trained and prepared, and this DOJ grant will help us do just that.”

“These federal funds will help support police officers who keep the streets and neighborhoods in the Village of Hempstead safe and secure,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Protecting our families and communities is a top priority and I will continue to push for funding to help get our police officers the resources needed to carry out their critical work more effectively.”

“As police officers work to keep our communities safe, we have to make sure that they have the equipment they need to protect themselves and the public, gather and share intelligence more efficiently, and implement effective crime prevention strategies,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “This federal funding will help ensure that police officers in Hempstead have access to the best equipment and technology available, and that’s a direct investment in the safety and security of the entire Hempstead community.”

"We thank Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand and Representative Rice for their tireless work on behalf of the Village in order to secure critical funding that will help keep Village residents safe," said Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. "JAG funding will be used to support our police force by equipping officers with the tools they need to better protect and serve our entire community."

The Byrne JAG program provides funding to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system that include: law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment programs; and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim witness programs.

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