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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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                                  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Every year, Department of Social Services Commissioner (DSS) Joan Silvestri hosts a “Pinwheels for Prevention” event to raise awareness for child abuse prevention. The pinwheel garden represents what we want for every child – a happy, safe, and carefree childhood.
District Attorney Tom Walsh thanks the employees from the Department of Social Services, Center for Safety & Change, and other agencies who do the hard but important work on behalf of children.

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$1.8 million in Grant Funding for Rockland County Law Enforcement Technology

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Senator Bill Weber announced $1.8 million of Law Enforcement Technology (LETECH) Grants for Rockland County law enforcement. The grants were funded by this year’s Capital Projects budget (S.8304D) which passed with Senator Weber’s support.  

The grants were awarded to: 

Clarkstown Police Department ( $807,588)

Haverstraw Police Department ( $185,000) 

Orangetown Police Department ( $100,000) 

Ramapo Police Department ( $177,000) 

Rockland County Sheriff’s Office ($180,000)

Village of Piermont Police Department ($168,000)

Village of Spring Valley Police Department ( $131,405)

Village of Suffern Police Department ( $74,500) 

These grants will fund the purchase of new technology and equipment to better assist law enforcement both in preventing and solving crime.  

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People Older Than 60 Years Of Age Are At Increased Risk Of Scams

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People older than 60 years of age lost more money in scams in 2023 than the previous year — an 11% increase totaling $3.4 billion overall, according to a new report released by the FBI.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Patrick Frawley, Executive Assistant District Attorney Nabeela McLeod, and Senior Assistant District Attorney Joseph Santangelo were in West Nyack today to speak with members of a senior club about scams targeting senior citizens. We had an informative conversation focusing on how to recognize and avoid scams. By staying informed of the latest scams we better protect our seniors from being scammed. 
This is an ongoing initiative for District Attorney Tom Walsh and the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, and we will continue to attend and host these informative presentations across Rockland County.

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