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Auburn Police Dept. Receives Law Enforcement Tech Grant Funding


The Auburn Police Department is receiving a financial boost from the state.

Towards the end of 2023, the department applied for $122,500 through a New York State law enforcement technology grant. Chief James Slayton told City Council at its Thursday meeting that the department has been awarded the full amount as well as how the money will be utilized.

“[The grant] encompassed such things as license plate readers, mobile and fixed surveillance cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles, gunshot detection, and smart detection devices for the officers,” said Slayotn. “So, we got together, the administrative team did, to look at what would benefit the residents of the City of Auburn and we looked at some cameras from some of the through a few of the systems and trying to add different cameras to the avenues in and out of the city.”

Slayton added that the grant was a competitive one, open to every police department in the state. He also stated that $50 million was originally allocated for the grant program but the governor upped that amount to $127 million.

The department plans to apply again next year.

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