Police agencies get millions to reduce gun deaths

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York law enforcement agencies will be receiving more than $13 million to reduce gun-related homicides.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday says the money will go to law enforcement agencies in 17 counties. The funding is allocated through the state’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative, designed to help local police in communities with high rates of violent crimes.

The highest recipients are Erie and Monroe County, each receiving more than $1.6 million.

Cuomo says the GIVE program focuses on communities that collectively report 86 percent of the violent crime in the state outside of New York City.

The Division of Criminal Justice Services will administer the grants and evaluate the agencies’ progress over the period of July 2014 to June 2015.

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