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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > December 2010 > Mayor Brown Announces Buffalo Police Department Grant Award

Mayor Brown Announces Buffalo Police Department Grant Award

Contact: Peter Cutler
             (716) 851-4841

New York State Funds Allocated to Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the Buffalo Police Department has been awarded $111,953 in SFY 2010/11 grant funds from the New York State Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Board (the Board). This funding is available through the Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Demonstration Program (MVTIFDP) to support a recently proposed program.

“We thank the Board for accepting our grant application and supporting the Buffalo Police Department with this award,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “We look forward to working with the Board to develop the Buffalo Police Department’s programs for reducing motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud in our city,” said Mayor Brown.

The Statewide Plan of Operation for motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud, as legislated by Article 36-A of the Executive Law, requires a coordinated approach to detect, prevent, deter and reduce motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) utilized the plan in its assessment of the applications. DCJS requires that all MVTIFP grantees develop a strategy that includes a threat assessment describing the scope of the motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud problems and the coordinated efforts that would be utilized to effectively combat these crimes. An evaluation of these efforts will be incorporated into the project work plan for the 2010/2011 grant period.

All grant recipients are required to enter investigative targets in the Secure Automated Fast Event Tracking Network (SAFENet) as a special condition of the award. During the contract period, grantees will be expected to produce substantiated information, both statistical and programmatic, on the effectiveness of the initiatives implemented by the grant program. This information is essential to demonstrate the success of the program and may influence the continued support of program initiatives in future funding cycles.

“I am pleased to receive such an important recognition and award,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “The grant will be crucial in the development of our motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud programs. We thank the Board and are very appreciative of this funding.”

Office of Program Development and Funding (OPDF) Criminal Justice Program Representatives will assist the Buffalo Police Department in the development of the MVTIFP grant contract.