GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois, City of Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrara, City of Middletown Police Chief Ramon Bethencourt, County Probation Director Derek Miller, and County Executive Steven Neuhaus, recently announced that various Orange County law enforcement agencies will share $716,777 in grant funding from New York State’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative.
The funds will be used to implement evidence-based strategies to attack gun crime, including targeting known offenders and people considered responsible for the most gun violence in a community as well as identifying locations that have been shown to be the most prone to gun violence. The funds will be shared by the District Attorney’s Office, the City Newburgh Police Department, the City of Middletown Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Probation Department.
The grant will provide $324,550 to the City of Newburgh Police Department to fund, among other things, a Crime Analyst, a Field Intelligence Officer, and will be used to purchase crime-mapping computer programs and a camera system.
The $213,465 provided to the District Attorney’s Office will fund, among other things, an Assistant District Attorney and a Criminal Investigator focusing on gun violence.
The Sheriff’s Office will receive $65,000 to implement anti-gun-violence initiatives. The Orange County Department of Probation will receive $85,762 to fund an additional probation officer.
In addition, $28,000 will go to the City of Middletown Police Department to fund police foot patrols and other directed patrols to decrease gun violence.
"Gun violence, particularly in some sections of the City of Newburgh, has risen to truly alarming levels," said District Attorney Hoovler. "I am proud that my office was able to aid in securing this grant to bring these additional resources to the fight against gun violence. My office will continue to work with the City of Newburgh Police Department, the Orange County Sherriff’s Office, the City of Middletown Police Department, and the Orange County Probation Department to implement community-based strategies to fight these devastating crimes and restore peace in communities terrorized by gun violence. I commend Chief Ferrara, Chief Bethencourt, Sheriff DuBois, and County Executive Neuhaus for their work in securing this grant, and for their commitment to reducing gun violence. My office will continue to hold violent offenders and those who illegally possess and use guns accountable for their crimes. We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement and the community to come up with new initiatives to combat this type of violence. It is only by working with local law enforcement and the community that we can tailor our law enforcement efforts for maximum effect. What works in one community may not work as well in another."
"Orange County is fighting violent crime and New York State authorities are recognizing these efforts with more funding for personnel and equipment. With the additional resources provided by the GIVE initiative, our partners in law enforcement can incorporate new strategies to reduce gun crimes and direct more funding to the existing programs that produce results for the residents of high-crime communities. When it comes to reducing crime, this administration is off to a great start, but there is more that must be done to end the cycle of violence and put offenders behind bars," said County Executive Neuhaus.
"The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has been partnering with the District Attorney and law enforcement agencies since the initial Integrated Municipal police Anti-Crime Teams (IMPACT) since its inception in 2004. The Sheriff’s Office remains committed to again partnering with agencies under the new GIVE initiative, to further combat gun violence and the ripple effect of related crimes. A majority of the funds awarded to the Sheriff’s Office will be used for ‘boots on the ground’ personnel to assist those agencies and communities affected by these crimes," said Sheriff DuBois.
"The Probation Department is committed to combatting violence in our communities and the elimination of gun violence is our highest priority. This funding and our partnerships with the District Attorney, Newburgh City Police, Middletown City Police, Orange County Sheriff, and the County Executive give us an opportunity to provide relief for residents who suffer the devastating effects of illegal firearm use on a daily basis," said Probation Director Miller.
"The City of Newburgh Police Department is eager to use this much-needed funding to closely focus crime-fighting efforts on gun-specific violent crime. I am pleased to say this funding will allow us to continue our crime analysis, field intelligence, investigations, and targeted patrols and youth police initiatives. The combination of policing strategies and good community initiatives will be critical to the gun-violence-reduction efforts in the city of Newburgh," said Chief Ferrara.
"The City of Middletown Police Department will use this important funding to continue our mission of deterring overall violent crime. Our strategy of a no-nonsense approach of aggressive enforcement, including minor offenses, has proven to have a lasting impact for the Middletown community. We are thankful to all the other agencies involved for working together to make Orange County a safer community," said Chief Bethencourt.