Operation IMPACT – an initiative of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services – supports strategic crime-fighting and violence reduction initiatives in the 17 counties outside of New York City that account for 80 percent of the crime upstate and on Long Island.
Key principles of Operation IMPACT include:
- Information sharing and partnerships among law enforcement agencies
- Intelligence-based policing
- Timely use of accurate crime data
- Involvement of community organizations
The following counties participate in Operation IMPACT: Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester.
IMPACT grants fund:
- Technology – including laptops, mobile surveillance cameras, crime mapping software, and digital fingerprinting equipment.
- Personnel – including assistant district attorneys, field intelligence officers, probation officers, and investigators.
DCJS’ technical assistance team provides IMPACT partners – from police and prosecutors to probation and parole – expert support with everything from data management and information systems to crime mapping and analysis.
New Yorkers live in the safest large state in the nation, and the fifth safest overall, behind only a handful of relatively small states. Over the past 16 years, the crime rate in New York State has decreased 61 percent, and violent crime is down 63 percent.
In addition to DCJS, the following state and federal agencies also participate in the IMPACT initiative:
- New York State Division of Parole
- Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
- New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
- New York State Police
- New York State Liquor Authority
- FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
- U.S. Attorney’s Offices
- U.S. Border Patrol
Crime Analysis Centers
DCJS funds Crime Analysis Centers in Albany, Erie, Monroe and Onondaga counties, and those centers build upon partnerships established under Operation IMPACT and expand the key philosophies of that initiative – accurate use of timely crime data, use of technology to complement and enhance traditional crime-fighting strategies – to all law enforcement agencies in the counties they serve.
Those counties were selected specifically because of the relatively high volume of firearm and other violent crime in the primary jurisdictions – the cities of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse – and countywide. Each center is led by a director, employed by DCJS, and staffed by a variety of civilian analysts from key partner agencies, including district attorney’s offices, probation departments and New York State Police.
The analysts use software programs that allow them to link crimes, suspects, telephone numbers and other data from the various agencies within the county. The centers also employ mapping software that provides a regional picture of where crime is being committed. These tools, combined with data drawn from numerous databases and records management systems from law enforcement agencies in each county, allow center staff to provide local law enforcement agencies with a wealth of information to solve – and prevent – crime.
IMPACT Tools is designed to extend the key principles of Operation IMPACT – such as intelligence-based policing, partnerships among law enforcement agencies and timely use of accurate crime data – to suburban and rural areas so they can identify trends and develop and implement effective strategies to tackle violent and drug crimes that tear at the fabric of their communities.
The 40 counties outside of New York City that do not participate in Operation IMPACT – or municipalities within Operation IMPACT counties that are currently not part of that initiative – are eligible to apply for funding. The grants are competitive and agencies can use the money in a variety of ways, including to purchase equipment, such as laptop computers and portable radios, and to pay for overtime or personnel.