Schimminger, Rath Announce State Funds for Police Department

Grant will help purchase new, high-tech equipment
June 27, 2005

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Senator Mary Lou Rath announced today that they have secured a state grant for $15,000 to help the City of Tonawanda Police Department purchase a new, state-of-the-art piece of crime-fighting equipment.

The department will buy a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA). The portable computerized system is designed to verify truthful statements and detect attempts at deception. Unlike a traditional polygraph machine, the CVSA is not connected to a suspect using wires, but instead, detects subtle changes in the subject’s voice during an interview.

“Protecting our families, homes, neighborhoods and workplaces is all-important,” Assemblyman Schimminger said. “This state-of-the-art system will help the City of Tonawanda’s Police Department carry out its law enforcement mission, and I am glad that Senator Rath and I were able to work together to secure funding for its purchase.”

“Helping keep our communities safe is one of my highest priorities,” said Senator Rath. “That is why I am so pleased to have partnered with Assemblyman Schimmigner to provide the City of Tonawanda and its Police Department with the funding to purchase a CVSA. The men and women who protect us need all the tools we can provide.”

City of Tonawanda Mayor Jack Gallagher said, “With technology advancing so rapidly in this age of computers and electronic devices for every imaginable purpose, it is financially impossible for local governments to keep up with the newest and latest equipment for their respective city departments. A small city like ours cannot purchase the latest equipment without the help and assistance of our State Legislators. Senator Mary Lou Rath and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger are fully aware of the budgetary challenges we face and have answered the call. One of the most important departments affecting the quality of life in our community is the Police Department. This grant will allow our officers and detectives to have state-of-the-art equipment for investigative purposes.”

City of Tonawanda Police Department Captain James Harmon said, “The fundamental goal of any investigation is to get to the truth and determine the guilt or innocence of suspects. The CVSA is an exciting technology that will enable the City of Tonawanda Police Department to get to the truth more efficiently and reliably. Hopefully it will help our detectives determine early in an investigation which suspects to focus on and which leads to follow.”