Federal assistance coming to Falls police

Nov 21, 2012

Niagara Falls will be getting the latest in high-tech crime fighting under a program that may eventually bring in millions of dollars to deal with rising crime.

Senator Charles Schumer was on the city's Third Street Tuesday to announce the feds are coming to help. He says the Justice Department will be sending in experts to study the city's crime problem and put together data-driven solutions to help police.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Schumer says this is what giant police departments like New York City do with their own resources and that computer-aided policing is now shifting down to smaller cities with federal help.

With solutions defined, the city can then apply for federal grants to help execute that plan.
"The criminal world is changing as quickly as the rest of the world, unfortunately," said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

"Now, technological change in our world is one of the daily facts of human existence. Criminals know that. The criminals get more sophisticated each year and our law enforcement efforts at all levels have to get more and more sophisticated in order to keep up with them."

"There's an arms race in the area of criminal intelligence and we want to make sure the good guys win."

Chief John Chella says there is a growing crime problem, especially property crimes in the neighborhoods.