New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen says coordination among law enforcement agencies to address gun violence has “stepped up exponentially” over last six months.
New York’s Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns met for the first time on Wednesday, January 26. The task force’s inaugural meeting comes just two days after an NYPD officer was killed after allegedly being shot by a man carrying an illegal firearm.
Law enforcement officials are hoping to stem the flow of illegal guns coming into New York by coordinating with agencies across the country and the federal government to share data and techniques, according to the Albany Times-Union.
Governor Kathy Hochul proposed $215,000 in her budget plan to triple the state’s gun violence intelligence resources. The budget also includes $15 million toward crime analysis centers, including the creation of gun crime intelligence centers.
The Wednesday, January 26 meeting included representatives of the State Police, NYPD, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and law enforcement from eight other states.
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