Elmira Police Department as well as other area law enforcement agencies are slated to receive a share of the nearly $36.2 million dollars distributed through Governor Kathy Hochul’s “Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative”, or “GIVE.”
The record-level funding secured by the Governor in the 2024 budget has allowed the state to expand the nationally recognized initiative to eight new police departments and four additional counties. GIVE funding now supports 28 police departments, and district attorneys’ offices, probation departments, and sheriffs’ offices in 21 counties outside of New York City hardest hit by gun violence and violent crime.
Funding for the Elmira Police Department as well as other county law enforcement agencies will total $383,147.
“Addressing gun violence takes a comprehensive, multifaceted approach, but support for our local law enforcement partners on the front lines of this fight is paramount,” Governor Hochul said. “I am proud to provide our current partners with significant increases in funding and extend the GIVE initiative to additional communities so they can implement evidence-based strategies and have the resources they need to get guns off our streets and drive down violent crime.”
“I thank Governor Hochul for her leadership in supporting the GIVE initiative,” said Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell. “Addressing gun violence is critical in maintaining public safety. The funds our City has been awarded is going to greatly assist our agency as well as the other agencies in our County combat gun violence and help get illegal guns as well as those who possess illegal guns off the street.”