State provides funds for 911, plate readers
New York State earlier this month awarded grants to Putnam and Dutchess law enforcement and emergency response offices.
The state on Sept. 6 gave $10 million in grants for 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations, including $168,000 to Dutchess County and $100,000 to Putnam. Counties can use the money for operating expenses or technology upgrades, including text-to-911, which is already available in Dutchess.
On Sept. 5, State Sen. Pete Harckham, whose district includes eastern Putnam and southeastern Dutchess, said he directed $221,000 to local law enforcement through the State Aid to Municipality program.
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office received $86,000 to purchase a license-plate reader pole camera system to help detect the flow of illegal narcotics between New York City and Albany.
In Putnam County, the district attorney’s office received $60,000 for pre-trial preparation technology and a system to present multimedia evidence to juries, and the sheriff’s office was given $75,000 for six license-plate readers.