Byrne JAG funds support technical assistance and an ongoing evaluation of the state-funded Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative. The GIVE initiative builds upon the information sharing and partnerships developed under a predecessor program, Operation IMPACT, expanding the use of crime analysis, evidence-based practices and community partnerships to assist in the reduction of firearm-related homicides and shootings. Crime-fighting strategies developed under GIVE vary by jurisdiction and include but are not limited to: enhanced patrols in hot spots prone to gun violence, focused deterrence against violent gangs and groups considered responsible for the most gun violence in communities, increased supervision of individuals on parole and probation, and the deployment of street outreach workers to interrupt cycles of violence and prevent retaliation.
The initiative focuses on communities in those 17 counties served by 20 law enforcement agencies that collectively report 86 percent of the violent crime in the state outside of New York City: police departments in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Hempstead, Jamestown, Kingston, Middletown, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Schenectady, Spring Valley, Syracuse, Troy, Utica and Yonkers, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties.
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