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Empowering Communities to Fight Crime: D.A., Police Chiefs Sign Falls Crime Analysis Center MOU Wednesday, Expanding its Crime-fighting Reach Throughout County

Author: Christian Peck/Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Categories: General

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NIAGARA FALLS—Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek will lead a team of local crime fighters Wednesday in announcing new steps expanding the county’s newest resource in the fight to identify—and successfully prosecute—criminals. 

At a 10 a.m. press conference, Wojtaszek, who wll be joined by County Sheriff James R. Voutour, Niagara Falls Police Superintendent E. Bryan Dalporto, and Acting U.S. Attorney J.P. Kennedy, will sign Memoranda of Understanding with all the police departments in Niagara County, ensuring they share their crime data with the county’s Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center. Media members will be invited to tour the new high-tech facility and participate in a demonstration of the crime-fighting tools being brought to bear in Niagara County’s war on criminals.

Wojtaszek will also be welcoming her office’s new Criminal Intelligence Officer, who will be posted at NICAC. The new D.A.’s office member began work this week, and will be available to assist any law enforcement agency in the county.

The NICAC is sited at the Niagara Falls Police Department. A collaborative effort between Wojtaszek’s office, local police agencies, and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Crime Analysis Center brings a high-level criminal intelligence analyst together with state-of-the-art technology, including a surveillance network of public and private security cameras located throughout the region. Signing the MOU with the police chiefs mean local police agencies will now also be closely working with—and relying on—NICAC.

Wojtaszek will also formally invite local businesses and residents to join an effort dubbed Operation Safe Cam. Wojtaszek said that the camera network means “Our police will know where the cameras are and can access footage quickly and solve crimes faster...by empowering the public to help us in fighting crime in our community.”

The Center, one of just eight in a statewide network established and supported by the Division of Criminal Justice Services, is staffed by crime analysts, field intelligence officers, drug intelligence officers, and a range of other specialists focused on crunching data, isolating trends, identifying crime hotspots, developing leads in cases, and assisting police and prosecutors.

Michael C. Green, DCJS executive deputy commissioner, described the Center’s mission: “The work done by staff assigned to the eight Crime Analysis Centers in the state's network plays a key role in keeping New Yorkers safe. They provide data and intelligence—often in real-time—that allow investigators and officers to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.”

Wednesday morning’s press conference will be followed by a media availability with Wojtaszek, Voutour, and Dalporto, and then a tour of the facility. 

WHO:  Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek, Sheriff James R. Voutour, Niagara Falls Police Superintendent E. Bryan Dalporto, Acting U.S. Attorney J.P. Kennedy, Niagara County Legislature Community Safety Committee Chairman David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson, County Legislator Owen Steed, D-Niagara Falls, Capt. Eric Laughton, New York State Police Zone 1 commander, Maj. Patrick Moriarty, New York State Parks Police, North Tonawanda Police Chief Roger Zgolak, Lockport Police Lt. Steven Abbott , Town of Niagara Police Chief James H. Suitor, Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte, Middleport Police Chief John Swick, Somerset Police Chief John Yotter, Youngstown Police Chief Michael Schuey, Barker Police Chief Timothy Braughler, Buffalo Police Lt. Daniel Rinaldo.

WHAT:  Signing Memorandum of Understanding between county’s police departments and Niagara County District Attorney to share data with Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center.

WHEN:  Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.                                

WHERE:  Niagara Falls Police Department, 1925 Main St., Niagara Falls.

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