The City of Binghamton is getting almost $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and New York State to enhance public safety.

$98,317 is to go to improving the City’s tactical team through equipment, training and planning for counter terrorism efforts.  New equipment for the team is to include command post radios, infrared tactical cameras and night vision goggles.

The City says $14,937 is earmarked to enhance the explosive detection canine teams.

A $36,568 New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Police Protective Program grant is to help purchase AR-15 patrol rifles and active ballistic kits including helmets and vests.  This is the first time the City has gotten PPEF funding.

Police Chief Joseph Zikuski says proper equipment and training can mean the difference between life and death.

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