An $834,118 grant from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Technology program has been awarded to the Broome County Sheriff's Office according to a release.

Most of the funding will help to purchase and install a county-wide License Plate Reader network. This network will integrate with the Southern Tier Crime Analysis Center with the purpose of assisting law enforcement agencies in identifying and locating wanted criminals and fugitives entering the community.

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The Broome County Sheriff's Office notes that the network will also help identify and locate stolen vehicles and vehicles involved in ongoing investigations, and a portion of the funding will go toward purchasing a new Digital Forensic Computer and provide tablet and smartboard training technology for the Broome County Law Enforcement Academy.

This grant funding will go directly toward helping the men and women of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office better serve and protect the people of this community. When fully implemented, these technological upgrades will not only assist our Road Patrol and Detectives locate wanted criminals and vehicles to help keep our communities safe today, but will help our Law Enforcement Academy better prepare our recruits to serve and protect our communities tomorrow. Congratulations to our team for putting together an excellent proposal and Thank You to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and Governor Kathy Hochul for this important investment in public safety. - Broome County Sheriff Fred Akshar

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