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Monroe County awarded $1.77 million for gun violence prevention program

More than $13 million in New York state funding will go toward law enforcement agencies working to end gun violence, Governor Cuomo said Tuesday. (Photo: SBG File)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - More than $13 million in New York state funding will go toward law enforcement agencies working to end gun violence, Governor Cuomo said Tuesday.

Governor Cuomo said 17 counties will receive money through the Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative. One of those counties is Monroe County, which will receive $1.77 million.

That money will be shared between the Rochester Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department.

The program aims to provide technical assistance, training, equipment, and personnel in an effort to help communities cut down on violent crime.

The reason behind these 17 counties receiving funding? Approximately 83 percent of the violent crime which happens outside of New York City happens in these counties.

Albany, Erie, Monroe, Westchester, Onondaga, Suffolk, Nassau, Schenectady, Orange, Niagara, Oneida, Dutchess, Ulster, Chautauqua, Rockland, Rensselaer, and Broome counties all received funding.

More information on the Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative can be found here.

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