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  • Governor Cuomo announces new partnership to provide equipment, training for law enforcement to assist in missing child searches

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a partnership between New York State and Project Lifesaver International to provide life-saving equipment and training for 50 law enforcement agencies to assist in missing child searches.

    The state will provide agencies with nearly 600 Project Lifesaver tracking devices at no cost for use on children under 18 who may have autism, Down syndrome or another type of cognitive impairment that puts them at risk for wandering or becoming lost. The transmitters, which are worn on the wrist or ankle, emit a tracking signal that allows a child to be located quickly after going missing.

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  • New York State Marks Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25

    Governor Cuomo has proclaimed April 19-25 Crime Victims’ Rights Week in New York State. These year’s theme is "Engaging Communities/Empowering Victims", and the state Office of Victim Services is doing just that.

    OVS is rolling out a new Victim Service Portal across the state which will allow victim assistance providers and eventually victims themselves to fill out claim applications online and submit them instead of filling out paper claim forms and mailing them in. The Portal will make the process quicker and more efficient not only for victims but for the staff that processes claims, meaning that innocent victims of crime will be able to receive the compensation they need sooner than before.

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  • Missing Children's Day Poster designed by Oneida County fifth-grader wins New York State contest

    A poster designed by a fifth-grader from the Sauquoit Valley Middle School in Oneida County will be New York State’s entry in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest that is being sponsored next month by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Designed by 10-year-old Alena Weibel, the poster was one of approximately 40 entered in a contest coordinated by the New York State Missing Person Clearinghouse at the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Her poster will now compete against those created by her peers across the country in the national competition, which is designed to raise awareness about missing children cases across the country.

    The winner of the national contest will be announced next month in Washington, D.C., with the student’s poster used to promote National Missing Children’s Day 2015. May 25 has been marked annually as Missing Children’s Day since 1983.

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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, Nevada and Ohio 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.

  • Governor Cuomo announces more than $14 million to help prosecutors target tax and public benefits fraud

    Governor Cuomo announces more than $14 million in grant funding to help local prosecutors investigate and prosecute tax evasion and public benefits fraud cases.

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  • Governor Cuomo announces new human trafficking awareness efforts

    Governor Cuomo announces new efforts to combat human trafficking in New York, including the release of a poster that will be displayed in service areas along the New York State Thruway.

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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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