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Rochester getting justice grant

A federal grant of $207,121 is being awarded to the city of Rochester to fund its Person and Family Victims Services program.

The program works with victims to ensure they have access to resources and services, while guiding them through the court process to aid in the prosecution of criminals. The funding will be shared with the Monroe County Office of Probation and Community Corrections to provide supervision of probationers through curfew checks and home monitoring.

“Keeping our communities safe is job number one,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who worked with the city to get the grant from the Department of Justice. “This investment will improve victim services and help Rochester police stay on top of probationers and cut back on the repeat crimes that reduce quality of life in the region.”

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program provides funds for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support and information systems for criminal justice.

They may be used in law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment and enforcement programs; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs.