Law enforcement agencies in 17 counties participating in the state's Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative will get $13.3 million to target gun violence.

The funding was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“This administration has worked tirelessly to combat gun violence in New York and prevent the needless tragedy that comes with it,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through the GIVE initiative, we are giving law enforcement agencies more resources necessary to fight gun violence in our streets in order to save lives and make communities across this state safer.”

The Utica Police Department and the Oneida County Sheriff's and District Attorney's Offices will share nearly $600,000 in GIVE funding.

Now entering its second year, the GIVE initiative uses proven strategies to reduce shootings and firearm-related homicides in communities served by 20 police departments.

The grants fund personnel as well as overtime and equipment.

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