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Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: ibmphoto24, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police

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Governor Cuomo outlined a $10-million initiative to create a statewide police information database.

The New York State Protection Cloud is designed to make it quicker and easier for local police departments to share crime information across jurisdictions.

John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, says it'll give local police departments more and better information as the carry out criminal investigations.

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“Everyone who participates in the program is basically going to have access to the same information that anyone else will without regard to the size of your department or the extent of your own information tracking. So this is a great thing for public safety and everyone across the state will no doubt benefit from it,” said Grebert.

If approved the cloud-based system would be rolled out over the next four years with estimated savings of up to $12 million annually for the state.

Grebert says it will take some of the financial burden off local agencies too.

And as long as appropriate safeguards are put in place, Grebert says hacking and misuse of the system shouldn’t be a concern.

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