Counties Receive Police, EMS Grants

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.

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