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Law Enforcement Liaison Report

April 2014 Law Enforcement Liaison Report
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC)
By Dominick Macherone

“April 2014 Distracted Driving Awareness Month & Enforcement Mobilization”: New York State will be joining in the nation-wide observation of Distracted Driving Month by participating in a distracted driving enforcement mobilization from April 10 – 15, 2014.  We are asking all police agencies across the state to participate with high visibility, stepped-up cell phone and texting enforcement to coincide with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Distracted Driving Campaign. Distracted driving enforcement (Cell Phone/Electronic Device/Texting - V&TL Sections 1225-c and 1225-d) is an approved activity under the 2014 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant agreement. You may charge officer overtime for distracted driving enforcement activities, as your approved budget allows. In addition to the enforcement mobilization this effort will include a national media campaign; New York State will have its own public information campaign.  Visit the Law Enforcement Partners’ Page on the GTSC website at http://www.SafeNY.ny.gov/lawenf.htm for links to information about this and other enforcement topics. We hope you plan to participate in this important initiative.  If you have any questions please contact Liaison Nick Macherone or your GTSC Program Representative.

“Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day (OSS) – April 3, 2014”: This statewide education and enforcement initiative will take place on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Your targeted efforts are the cornerstone of this special school bus enforcement and safety program and participation is strongly encouraged as part of the GTSC Police Traffic Services grants. The OSS Reporting Form to report activity is located on the Law Enforcement Partners’ Page of the GTSC website at www.safeny.ny.gov.

Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference - April 8 & 9, 2014”: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) will take place April 8 & 9, 2014 at the Albany Marriot Hotel on Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  This is the only traffic safety conference of its kind in the state: designed by law enforcement - for law enforcement. Don’t miss this training opportunity that was developed to fulfill the need for a forum to address highway safety issues specifically as they apply to law enforcement officers.  The Conference is free to attendees with meals included; registration information is located on the Law Enforcement Partners Page of the GTSC web site at www.SafeNY.ny.gov , the State Chiefs web page at www.nychiefs.org, and NYSP web page at www.troopers.ny.gov.


“New York Law Enforcement Challenge Application Is Now Open”: We’re pleased to announce that the revised New York/National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) application is now open. This single online application will be used to enter your agency into both the New York Law Enforcement Challenge and NLEC competitions. The website has been updated to provide agencies with information on how to develop your submission and how to apply using the online system. The “How To” Guide, and a list of the Submission Disclosure Questions can all be found at the IACP NLEC webpage <http://www.theiacp.org/nlec>.  Also learn more on how to submit your application by watching the Webinar Online. Applications for the 2014 New York and National Law Enforcement Challenge competitions are due online by May 1, 2014. For assistance or questions in the application process contact Liaison Nick Macherone, Coordinator of the New York Challenge program at 518.474-4935 or dominick.macherone@dmv.ny.gov.  

“GTSC eGRANTS”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has announced and posted the on-line eGrants applications for FFY 2015 on its website at www.safeny.ny.gov.  We invite the highway safety community and our grant partners to participate in the federal highway safety grant program. This year GTSC will fund the following grant programs:

  • Police Traffic Services (PTS) - The Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant program will provide funding to law enforcement agencies to conduct traffic enforcement. In addition to having a current mandatory seat belt use policy in place for police officers of the department, participation in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization is required to be eligible. This program will also fund agencies to conduct traffic enforcement details based on the crash data of their local patrol area with the goal of impacting motorist behavior and improving traffic safety within their jurisdiction.
  • Child Passenger Safety (CPS) -These grants will continue to support child passenger safety activities: fitting stations, training and education programs, child passenger safety check events and car seat distribution programs for low income families.
  • General Highway Safety Grants (HS1) - The highway safety grant application for local agencies or for state agencies and not-for-profits is available to apply for funding to address a particular highway safety problem in their jurisdiction. This proposal requires that the applicant submit a narrative outline of the problem with supporting data, details of the proposed activities with milestones and an evaluation plan.

All grants are due no later than May 15th.  Contact your GTSC Program Representative at (518) 474-5111 if you need assistance with your highway safety grant application or for help navigating in the eGrantssystem.

“Coming Soon…2014 Buckle Up New York - Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization”: The statewide Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization targeting Day & Night safety belt use takes place May 19th thru June 1st.  Begin planning for this initiative and visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/CIOT2014 , a one-stop-shop for the latest communications news, campaign materials, and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility seat belt enforcement efforts. Additional resource materials are also available on the NYSACOP Traffic Programs page at www.nychiefs.org.
On the opening day of the BUNY-CIOT enforcement mobilization we will again look to our New York law enforcement agencies that share or are near borders of neighboring states to participate in the Border-To-Border Initiative during the early evening hours. The purpose of the Border-To-Border Initiative is to bolster law enforcement exposure and participation in the mobilization through a nationwide law enforcement community partnership, and to also increase earned media attention to our continued Click It or Ticket high visibility enforcement efforts. Additional information and details on the statewide Border-To-Border Initiative along with select locations being coordinated by the New York State Police will soon be released.  Also consider hosting your own Border-To-Border enforcement details in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in your area at non-designated locations.  Learn more about this initiative and how to team up at designated locations across the state with the New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies by contacting NYSACOP Liaison Nick Macherone.

“Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)”: DDACTS is a proven operational model that integrates community-based collaboration with analysis of time and location-based crime and traffic crash data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement resources.  The model affords communities the dual benefit of reducing traffic crashes and crime thus reducing overall social harm. Since 2011 a series of DDACTS implementation training workshops have been held across the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in cooperation with Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. NHTSA and GTSC are committed to support additional workshop(s) in 2014 for interested law enforcement agencies. To learn more about DDACTS and the workshops contact NYSACOP Liaison Nick Macherone.

Save-the-Date – Walk-Bike New York Symposium…Encouraging Sustainable Movement - Crowne Plaza, Suffern, NY - May 21 & 22, 2014”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, NYS Department of Health, and the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, in conjunction with the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police and other state and federal partners, will host a two-day symposium that will provide participants with the tools to work together to create walkable and bikeable communities in New York State. Registration information and the preliminary agenda are posted under Events on the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) web site at www.itsmr.org.

As your Liaison I can be reached at 518.474-4935 or at Dominick.Macherone@dmv.ny.gov.   

Our Traffic Programs Section on this website has additional information.