June 25, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Appropriations Sucommittee Approves $100,000 for Monroe County Department of Public Safety

Funding Would Update Trace Analysis Laboratory, Keep Communities Safer

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee has approved the FY10 Appropriations Bill which includes $100,000 for the Monroe County Department of Public Safety. The funding will be used to supply new equipment, benches, hoods and workstations for the Trace Analysis area to retrieve and examine hairs, fibers, glass impressions, paint, explosives and fingerprints from evidence submitted to the laboratory. Schumer and Gillibrand worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"To keep our communities safe, we must provide our local police forces with access to state-of-the-art technology," Schumer said. "This funding will enable our law enforcement officials to better collect and analyze evidence. By investing in this facility, we are ensuring the safety of our officers and the families of the surrounding community. I will fight to see this funding through the full appropriations process."

"In this day and age, it is vital that our communities have the tools and resources they need to respond to emergencies," said Senator Gillibrand. "These federal dollars will go a long way to ensure that Rochester has the technology and equipment they need to respond to emergencies and ensure our communities are safe and secure.  I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share for our first responders."

The laboratory at the Monroe County Department of Public Safety provides analytical and physical examination of a wide variety of material to be used as evidence in criminal cases, including all controlled drugs seized in the region. The Monroe County lab is able to perform analysis in Explosives, Fibers, Glass, Hairs, Impressions and Paint & Polymers. The staff gives technical aid and provides expert testimony to law enforcement agencies, the courts, and other governmental agencies in the region.

he Monroe County Department of Public Safety, through the effective, dedicated efforts of its divisions, contractors, employees, volunteers and the community, provides education, prevention, technical support, inter-agency coordination and direct services that meet or exceed the expectations of the courts, individuals, and the public and private agencies receiving these services in order to enhance the quality of life in Monroe County.

Now that the bill has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, it will be sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee which is set to pass the bill this afternoon. Following approval by the Full Committee and the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.