City of Binghamton, New York

Binghamton To Expand Southern Tier Crime Analysis Center, Utilize Former Fire Station Space At City Hall

2/17/2021

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) —  Mayor Richard C. David on Wednesday announced an initiative to expand the Southern Tier Crime Analysis Center in the former Fire Department headquarters at Binghamton City Hall. Mayor David and Senator Fred Akshar toured construction at the future home of the multi-jurisdictional crime analysis center, which is supported by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

“This expanded crime analysis program will be the regional nerve center for law enforcement intelligence and multi-jurisdictional crime fighting,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “By using cutting-edge crime data analysis and technology, this space will support efforts to combat drug trafficking and enhance community policing in Binghamton and across the Southern Tier. This project is only possible because of our ongoing partnership with DCJS, which has long been a supporter of improving law enforcement in Binghamton.”

"Public safety is a cornerstone of a successful and thriving community," said Senator Fred Akshar. "Not only will the new Crime Analysis Center house a variety of important community services at a centralized location, it will also better provide our law enforcement agencies with expeditious, accurate information so they can better do their jobs, serve our community and keep our families safe."

Construction will be complete and the new center will be operational by the end of April.

The Southern Tier Crime Analysis Center provides municipal, state and federal agencies in-depth data analytics to gain a comprehensive picture of the criminal environment, support informed decision-making in law enforcement operations and promote crime prevention and community policing. The new center will expand staffing and investigative tools and allow for more efficient investigations across municipal boundaries. It’s one of 10 intelligence and data-sharing centers in New York State in partnership between DCJS and local law enforcement agencies.

DCJS will provide $500,000 in computer hardware, software, monitors, furniture and other technology and equipment for the center, and to support construction costs for the new 2,900 square-foot space. The current Center is located in the basement level of Binghamton City Hall in a 580 square-foot office space.

Binghamton Fire Department headquarters at City Hall was closed in 2020 due to structural concerns with the floor that supported heavy fire apparatus. The City advanced a new fire station headquarters project at 235 Court St., currently in design, and made repairs to the former fire station floor so the space could support basic office functionality.

The Center generates crime statistics and mapping for the Binghamton Police Department and partner agencies and is home to Binghamton’s Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Task Force, which analyzes property data and focuses the City’s enforcement arms to address the physical environments where criminal activity takes place. The task force has served as a model for other municipalities, and Binghamton officers have led CPTED training sessions for law enforcement agencies across the region.

Participating agencies providing staff in the Southern Tier Crime Analysis Center include DCJS, the Binghamton Police Department, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, New York State University Police at Binghamton, National Guard Counterdrug and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program.

Upon completion of the expanded Center, New York State Police, Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and Broome Security will also join the list of participating agencies. 

Other Binghamton Police offices, including the Community Response Team (CRT), Warrants Division and Training Division will eventually occupy other space in the former fire headquarters.

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