City of Binghamton, New York

City Secures $481K In Grants To Support Two New Police Positions, Expand Community Policing And Crime Prevention Efforts

7/20/2020

Mayor Richard C. David on Monday announced the City has secured two grants totaling $481,285 to support new police positions and public safety initiatives for the Binghamton Police Department.

“Community policing is a pillar of 21st century public safety strategies and a key tool in building positive relationships in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor David. “Partnerships take time and resources, and these federal and state funds will assist in expanding innovative community policing efforts across the City of Binghamton.”

$250,000 — U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Federal grant will support two new police officer positions. The DOJ hiring program provides direct federal aid to local police departments to advance public safety through community policing.

The Binghamton Police Department will add two new police positions to expand crime prevention and community policing capacity. Existing programs in community policing include Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), citizen police academies and youth outreach, neighborhood watch meetings and dedicated data-driven neighborhood patrols by the Community Response Team (CRT).

The $250,000 COPS grant covers a portion of three years’ salary for two patrol officers. The City’s funding share is $188,803 over three years. In total, the combined federal and local funding represents a $438,803 new investment in community policing.

The new officers will be hired for the 2021 Broome County Law Enforcement Academy, or immediately if an intra-agency transfer is available.

$231,285 — New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative

State grant will fund salary and benefits for two existing public safety positions to reduce violent crime — a civilian crime analyst and a Binghamton Police Department field intelligence officer — in addition to training and overtime costs.

 

“For its size, the Binghamton Police Department is a state and national leader in progressive policing strategies that rely on data, technology and, most importantly, community policing,” said Binghamton Police Chief Joseph T. Zikuski.

From 2007 to 2019, the Binghamton Police Department has experienced a 40 percent increase in calls for service. In 2019, Binghamton Police Department responded to 51,795 calls.