December 17, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce Final Congressional Passage For $200,000 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 and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today announced that both houses of Congress have passed the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill which includes $200,000 for the Monroe County Department of Public Safety. The funding was included as part of the FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  The bill passed the House last week and the Senate over the weekend and now awaits the President's signature.

"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."

"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."

"I'm pleased that federal dollars will be used to help the Rochester's Crime Lab process DNA evidence 54 times faster," said Rep. Slaughter. "We know that DNA evidence is a key to our criminal justice system and the people of Rochester deserve a responsive process. This federal funding will allow faster and better evidence analysis and improve public safety throughout Monroe County."

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.

The 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.

The appropriation was originally included in the Senate FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. Last week that bill was combined with 5 other appropriations bill into the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  The omnibus bill passed the House last week and the Senate over the weekend.