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For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2008

Schenectady Public Access TV to air Operation IMPACT mini-documentary
State program funds crime-fighting initiatives in Schenectady, Albany and Troy

Schenectady Public Access Channel 16 will air a mini-documentary about Operation IMPACT, the state’s strategic crime-fighting and violence reduction initiative, twice this month, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, and 10 p.m. on Friday, May 30.

An initiative of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Operation IMPACT targets the 17 counties in Upstate and on Long Island that report more than 80 percent of the crime outside of New York City, including Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady. Other counties are: Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester.

The 12-minute program, produced by DCJS, features interviews with law enforcement officials across New York State, in which they detail how IMPACT has made a difference in their communities. The cornerstones of IMPACT include the use of intelligence-based policing and technology, partnerships among law enforcement agencies and the timely use of accurate crime data, to fight crime.

Operation IMPACT grants fund technology, including laptops, mobile surveillance cameras, crime-mapping software, digital fingerprinting equipment; and personnel, including assistant district attorneys, field intelligence officers, probation officers, and investigators.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry and a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.