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  • Governor Cuomo announces $6.2 million for sexual assault and domestic violence programs

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced New York State has received $6.2 million in federal funds that will allow 90 community organizations, hospitals, police departments and district attorneys’ offices to enhance services and protections for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The grants will also support the work of health care professionals who are specially trained in examining sexual assault victims and collecting evidence that can be used by law enforcement, as well as allowing the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault to develop protocols and training that better address sexual assaults on college campuses.

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  • NYS fifth-graders eligible to enter National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

    The New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse is coordinating New York State’s participation in the U.S Department of Justice’s National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest for 2015. The contest is open to all fifth graders in school districts across New York State. It is a unique way to educate youth about personal safety, the dangers of running away and to raise awareness of missing children’s cases in New York and across the country.

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  • Governor Cuomo announces $900,000 in gun violence prevention grants for local communities

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State will provide a total of $900,000 in grants to fund neighborhood-based violence reduction programs on Long Island and the Capital Region to target and reduce gun violence through outreach and intervention in the state’s urban areas.

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  • New York State launches #CombatHeroin campaign

    New York State has launched a multifaceted media campaign to educate the public about heroin and opioid abuse and misuse. The campaign includes a new website – http://combatheroin.ny.gov – that is designed for parents, adults and young people who are seeking help and information about this growing epidemic.

    The site includes information about warning signs of heroin and opioid abuse and misuse, access to state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services treatment providers, and guidance to help parents talk to their children and health care professionals talk with their patients. It also includes links to four public service announcements and video messages from New Yorkers talking about the impact of heroin and other opioids on their lives.

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  • New York State leads the nation in reducing incarceration, crime rate, national study shows

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that New York State leads the nation in reducing both crime and incarceration rates over the past two decades, according to research recently published by The PEW Charitable Trusts. The study, based on data from the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI, shows that New York’s imprisonment rate has dropped 24 percent since 1994 and that the crime rate also declined dramatically during the same timeframe, by 54 percent. Additionally, for 2013 the New York crime rate has reached an all-time low with a continued decline in the first six months of 2014.

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  • Scam Alert: Individuals acting as bill collectors claiming to be from Criminal Justice Legal Services/affiliated with DCJS

    The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has been made aware of telephone scams in which individuals claim to be affiliated with DCJS. People living in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and Nevada have reported receiving such calls. DCJS is in no way affiliated with these individuals and does not collect loans or otherwise seek to obtain or recover payments from people. If you receive such a call, please contact your local law enforcement agency to make them aware of the matter.