Johnstown approves data sharing to aid police agencies

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council on Monday approved a new agreement between the city Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies to share data.

A Multi-Agency Impact Data Sharing Agreement was contained in a resolution approved by the council at City Hall.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin.

The agreement is between the Johnstown Police Department and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and Gloversville Police Department.

The resolution indicates that “information sharing with local law enforcement agencies will maximize the ability to detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to both criminal and terrorist activity.” The resolution adds that the new agreement “will aid other intelligence and law enforcement organizations in their investigation operations and serves as a critical tool for collaboration.”

The council also approved a resolution involving a new grant for the police department.

The city received notification from the state Division of Criminal Justice that it was awarded a $10,000 grant for the police department.

“It’s always nice to get a grant,” said Interim Mayor Cindy Lakata.

Funding will be used to purchase equipment to aid in the investigation of drug and violent crimes in the city, officials said.

In his monthly report, police Chief Mark Gifford said the department in September had 74 calls for service, made 25 arrests, and issued 23 parking tickets and 23 traffic tickets.

Gifford also mentioned the all-night winter parking ban will be in effect from midnight to 6 p.m., Dec. 1 through April 1. Vehicles have to be off city streets during that time, unless authorized by city permit to be elsewhere. The chief said people can park on their lawns.

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