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Griffo announces $5,000 grant for Massena police surveillance

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MASSENA - The Massena Police Department will be able to step up its surveillance efforts thanks to a grant secured by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome.

Mr. Griffo announced the $5,000 grant alongside Police Chief Timmy J. Currier and Mayor James F. Hidy on Wednesday. Mr. Currier said the funding will be used to install 360-degree video surveillance on an unmarked police vehicle.

The video would then feed into the station, allowing the department to better monitor potential drug houses and other properties in high crime areas, Mr. Currier said.

“We’re really looking forward to this,” Mr. Currier said. “It’s a great investment for our community.”

Mr. Hidy praised Mr. Griffo for his assistance. The $5,000 is a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant administered through the state.

“With the challenges that the Massena Police Department is facing demographically, we have to re-tool ourselves to fight the crimes we are now seeing,” he said.“This is something the chief and I have discussed for a period of time.”

Mr. Currier declined to answer specific questions on the vehicle which the technology will be used on.

“This isn’t going to be a big secret,” he said. “People are going to know it’s there.”

Mr. Currier said the $5,000 will complement another department effort. Seven surveillance cameras have recently been installed, two at village parks and five at intersections.

The cameras will assist the department in deterring criminal activity, recording evidence, increasing conviction rates and improving village safety, Mr. Currier previously said.

The department is funding the cameras through a grant secured through the office of Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa. Mr. Currier sad the cameras have already been put to use; police were able to resolve a dispute over a car accident last weekend because of an intersection camera.

“It’s my hope we’ll expand that system and have more cameras,” Mr. Currier said.

After the press conference, Mr. Griffo said such efforts will hopefully help Massena residents who are law-abiding citizens feel more secure.

“They work hard their whole lives, and they have no peace and quiet,” Mr. Griffo said. “It’s wrong.”

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