TROY, N.Y. – The Troy Police Department announced a grant aimed at stopping gun violence in the area on Thursday.
Chief John Tedisco says the department will receive $300,000 from the state for a new project called GIVE, standing for Gun Initiative Violence Eradication. The chief hopes it will help stop what he calls gang violence between a gang in Albany and a gang in Troy.
The Troy Police Department believes that a weekend shooting that injured five people, three innocent bystanders and two that were targeted, is gang related. The department says it will be removing officers from specialized units and move them out on the streets in a plan to step up foot and traffic patrols. Police say they have been working closely with Albany Police on the gang related incidents.
"There will be money for overtime details. Intelligence measures. Investigators. So that's certainly going to support the efforts that we're putting forth here,” said the chief. "We think we can suppress a lot of what's going on. You know certainly we think the other night if the shooters had seen a number of cops here this would not have taken place and that's what we're looking to do. Right now we're in a prevention mode."
Troy Mayor Lou Rosamillia was also at the announcement as well, and he said that the pattern of violence must stop. ?