State and Local Law Enforcement to Expand Anti-Gang Operations and Intelligence-Sharing
State to Convene Working Group of Local Officials and Community Leaders to Develop Long-Term Solutions
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a series of actions by state law enforcement aimed at combatting the recent violence that the City of Syracuse has experienced over the past several weeks. Initially, New York will expand State Police patrols and operations, as well as increase intelligence sharing and coordination with local law enforcement and other state agencies. Following the implementation of this plan, the state will engage with the region’s community leaders, clergy, law enforcement and elected officials to identify additional long term solutions to not only reduce violence, but address many of the systemic socio-economic problems that violence-plagued communities face.
“Protecting the public is the top responsibility of government and I am proud to work with our community partners to address both the immediate and underlying causes of violence in our neighborhoods,” Governor Cuomo said. “Together, we will build a stronger and safer New York for all.”
“State Police will partner with local law enforcement to crack down on the recent violence and gang operations in the Syracuse area,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “We will collaborate with local community leaders and elected officials to determine long-term solutions to combat this violence once and for all. We want to ensure that we reduce these incidents from happening and keep all New Yorkers safe from harm.”
As law enforcement continues to investigate the multiple shootings that have taken place over the past several weeks, it is critical that both the state and local levels immediately expand their intelligence sharing, and find ways to combine resources and expand operational support with one another. Further, more resources need to be dedicated to providing youth with the services they need in schools to help them not only succeed personally, but to stay off the streets and away from the influence of gangs and criminal activity.
As a first step, New York State Police Troop D will provide additional Troopers for 10 patrols, in coordination with Syracuse Police Department, as well as add one investigator on the Onondaga Crime Analysis Center and Police Department’s Gang Violence Task Force. This deployment follows similar actions taken in Long Island, Rochester, and Albany over the past two years to provide federal and state law enforcement agencies with access to state intelligence expertise and specialized resources, such as aviation assistance, to better coordinate operations and inform intelligence-based policing strategies in the fight against violent crime involving gangs and firearms.
Additionally, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will direct Parole Officers in the Syracuse Metropolitan Bureau to monitor parolees for recent gang involvement, impose special conditions to restrict access to high-crime areas as warranted, conduct unannounced home visits and curfew checks to ensure compliance, as well as offer community-based services for recently-released individuals as an alternative to gang recruitment.
Finally, the Department will assign an additional Office of Special Investigations Investigator to the Syracuse Police Department’s Gang Violence Task Force. This individual will focus on sharing gang intelligence information with local agencies to curb violence, expand the use of GPS monitoring for identified high-risk parolees, and launch a 24/7 information portal to field requests on potential gang-involved individuals of interest to local law enforcement officers and prosecutors. These actions are modeled after the State response to violence in the Bronx announced in July 2018.
Local elected leaders were on the same page with these actions, as they issued supportive statements:
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, “Reducing gun violence in our community will take an ‘all-out’ effort on multiple fronts, which is why we called on government and law enforcement at every level for support. We greatly appreciate Governor Cuomo working together with us to increase safety and security for Syracuse children and families.”
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney adding, “Governor Cuomo is ensuring that our community has the tools and resources to fight back against the devastating plague of violence. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and New York State for taking action to help us prevent further senseless loss.”
State Senator Dave Valesky said, “This multi-faceted plan is a step in the right direction to help end the violence and save lives in the City of Syracuse. By improving communication among law enforcement agencies and increasing patrols across the city, along with other longer-term solutions, we can prevent this scourge of gun violence from happening again. I thank Governor Cuomo for working with the City and County to deliver a comprehensive solution.”
Our New York State Assembly delegation is also on board; Assembly Member William B. Magnarelli said, “I thank Governor Cuomo for working with the City and County for taking swift action to quell the sudden increase in violence in Syracuse. Comprehensive action will go a long way to ensuring community safety, expanding anti-gang operations and intelligence sharing services. It will take a holistic, community involved approach to stop this violence and I believe we can achieve that through this plan.”
Another delegation member, Assembly Member Pamela Hunter states, “The senseless violence that the Syracuse community has seen in recent weeks is absolutely tragic. With these actions, we have both short- and long-term solutions to take guns out of the wrong hands and provide the proper intervention for at-risk youth in our city. I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, the City of Syracuse, and Onondaga County to provide tangible solutions to this rapidly growing problem.”