Utica Police to receive over $35k for new safety equipment
ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Department of Justice has awarded $35,197 to the City of Utica Police Department under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), Wednesday.
The funds will allow the UPD to improve their resources by purchasing portable ballistic protection equipment, breaching kits, high lumen tactical lights, and other important items that will increase the safety and efficiency of officers in every possible situation.
"Our local heroes, who put themselves in harm's way in order to keep our communities safe, deserve the best possible equipment we can give them," said Senator Schumer.
"The funds for new portable ballistic protection equipment will help keep Utica Police safe so they can fight crime and protect our families," added Senator Gillibrand.
The Department of Justice's Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program provides States and units of local government with tools needed to meet the challenges associated with crime and bringing criminals to justice.
It predominantly funds police overtime and the purchasing of new equipment, to provide for a safer community through increased officer presence and capabilities.