(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Monday announced the City has secured two grants totaling $149,995 to fund training and equipment for the Binghamton Police Department.
“The City has made it a priority to secure state and federal funding for special projects and initiatives, reducing the burden on local taxpayers,” said Mayor David. “Making Binghamton safer is a top priority, and this new equipment and training will enhance the level of service provided each day by our men and women in uniform and support tactical operations when necessary.”
The grant will assist two public safety areas:
$50,000 — Homeland Security Federal Explosive Detection K-9 Grant
Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will support the Binghamton Police Department’s K-9 explosive detection unit with training and equipment.
The funds will support a new explosive detection K-9 and Ford Interceptor SUV. Training will be provided through the Regional K-9 Team.
$99,995 —Homeland Security Federal Tactical Team Targeted Grant
Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will develop tactical team capabilities through equipment, training, exercise and planning projects that support counter-terrorism and attainment of New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) SWAT Team Standards. The grant will primarily assist members of the multi-agency Metro SWAT, which includes officers from the City of Binghamton, Vestal and Johnson City. The tactical operation team serves a 71-mile area.
Equipment includes helmets, communication headsets, binoculars and purchase of a remote-controlled tactical robot with camera, which allows law enforcement to assess dangerous situations without putting personnel in harm’s way. Training will focus on explosive breaching.
“Tactical equipment and training is essential to comply with law enforcement regulations and certifications,” said Police Chief Joseph T. Zikuski. “In a field in which training and equipment can mean the difference between life and death, these grants are critical in day-to-day police operations and in times of emergency.”
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