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$370K grant for violent crime has resulted in 20 arrests and 19 searches, Auburn PD says

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The Auburn Police Department is ramping up efforts to combat violent crime through additional patrols and strategic initiatives, funded by a $370,655 state grant from the Gun-Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative.

This program, designed to address violent crime hotspots, has enabled the department to increase its presence during peak times, including the eve of Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the busiest nights for law enforcement.

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Police Chief James Slayton highlighted the collaborative nature of the GIVE initiative while speaking with The Citizen, emphasizing the crucial role of cooperation among local law enforcement agencies, including the Cayuga County Probation Department and New York State Police.

The funding, which spans from July 2023 to June 2024, primarily supports personnel costs and the purchase of equipment for data extraction from phones, bolstering the department’s capability to tackle violent crime effectively. The initiative has already yielded positive results, with over 75 details and 19 search warrants executed, leading to more than 20 arrests for various crimes, including arson and robbery.