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Area police departments get federal grants

Local police departments have been awarded nearly $367,000, Sen. Charles Schumer announced Friday.

Monroe County, the city of Rochester, and the towns of Greece and Irondequoit will use the funds to support curfew checks and other field enforcement strategies, and to fund a new victims’ assistant specialist and necessary supplies for police departments.

The federal funding to Monroe County’s Bureau of Justice Assistance comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants.

“We can always do more to keep our cities in New York safe,” Schumer said in a statement. “Prevention is the first step, and it is funding like this that makes it work.”

Monroe County will use its funding to support the salaries of probation officers assigned to curfew checks and other enforcement strategies, Schumer said.

Rochester will use its funds to pay the salary of a victims’ assistant specialist who will bring the experience of a victim into the review of criminal cases, Schumer said.

Greece will buy patrol rifles and accessories, and Irondequoit will buy a global positioning unit for its police department, Schumer said.

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