Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative grant re-issued in Rensselaer County

From The Record 6/21/21.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced recently the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has renewed its commitment to the GIVE (Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative) grant in Rensselaer County.

This marks the eighth year the Troy Police, the District Attorney’s Office and Rensselaer County Probation have collaborated on the GIVE grant.

The GIVE grant funds an Assistant District Attorney dedicated to prosecuting GIVE related crimes in Troy, as well as a Confidential Investigator assigned to GIVE detail with the Probation department.

The District Attorney’s office currently has 145 open GIVE cases, including 116 felonies. The District Attorney’s office has prosecuted over 250 GIVE cases since 2016.

“These individuals, the Assistant District Attorney and the Special Investigator assist with crime scene search warrants, subpoenas, and court orders, as well as prosecution of the GIVE cases,” Donnelly stated.

“These are vital to the end result which is to prosecute those with guns in our community. Donnelly explained.

“The news of the award is timely, considering June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. In the City of Troy, there is a significant need to continue to investigate and prosecute the violent offenders who put our citizens at risk,” Donnelly added.