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Genesee police get firearms training device

Firearms training for local law enforcement officers is entering the computer age thanks to the purchase of a simulator approved last week by the Genesee County Legislature.

The device, purchased for the Sheriff's Department for $44,847 from Advanced Interactive Systems of Seattle, involves decision-making in firearms-training exercises. It will be available to police in Batavia and Le Roy.

The equipment will be located in Sheriff's Department Headquarters. While no annual firearms training is required, officials expect as many as 100 law enforcement officers will take advantage of the equipment to improve their skills. The county received $40,000 in state aid for the purchase.

In other business, lawmakers:

*Approved the purchase of four 2006 Ford patrol cars and a 2006 Ford Expedition SUV for the Sheriff's Department. DeLacy Ford of Elma was the lowest of six bidders at a cost of $95,382.

*Approved the Department of Social Service's request for a Chevrolet Express van and five vehicles for the motor pool at a cost of $104,886. All new vehicles will come from out-of-county dealers.

*Authorized joining a utilities alliance that could save nearly $6,000 a year in electricity expenses. Municipal Electric & Gas Alliance of Ithaca has eight counties and five cities in a cooperative that saves money through large group purchases.

*Ratified a contract with Ascent Aviation Group of Parish for aviation fuel for the county airport.

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