Division of Criminal Justice Services

Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative

The Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative is a key component in New York’s strategy to reduce gun violence and save lives in communities with high rates of firearm-related violence.

The initiative targets 17 counties outside of New York City that report 85 percent of the violent crime outside of the five boroughs, providing state funding to 20 police departments, district attorneys’ offices, probation departments and sheriffs’ offices in Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties. The funding is used for equipment, overtime, training, technical support and personnel, such as crime analysts and prosecutors.

Agencies participating in GIVE must design a gun violence reduction plan that employs at least two of the following evidence-based strategies: hot-spots policing, focused deterrence, street outreach and crime prevention through environmental design. Participating agencies must also integrate procedural justice into their plan in an effort to foster trust and respect among individuals and communities with the law enforcement professionals who serve and protect them.

Crime Analysis Center Network

DCJS partners with local law enforcement agencies across the state to support a network of Crime Analysis Centers (CAC) that provide investigative support and information to help police and prosecutors more effectively solve, reduce and prevent crime. The centers, located in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Goshen, Malone, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica, provide critical support to more than 300 agencies in 25 counties.

The network was built upon conventional crime analysis services historically embedded with local law enforcement agencies. The Crime Analysis Centers coordinate, expand and enhance those services, including but not limited to hot spot analysis, crime pattern identification and analysis, and provide real-time investigative support to law enforcement agencies. The network and staff have been recognized by national and international organizations for their innovative use of technology and quality of work.

The Crime Analysis Center Network will be the best such program in the country, and indispensable to law enforcement partners.

The Crime Analysis Centers will partner with law enforcement in making optimal decisions involving response to crime problems, clearance and prevention, demonstrating professionalism, strong inter-center partnerships, and a measurable impact that is valued and integral to our law enforcement partners.

Crime Analyst Certification
DCJS offers a Certification Exam Level 1 for crime analysts working in New York State. The certification is approved by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council, which sets standards for police and peace officer training, and managed by the agency.