Over a quarter of a million dollars in state funds were secured for programs in Erie County, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and three fire departments, State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, announced.
The additional funding will provide for the purchase of new equipment and technology upgrades to support public safety initiatives throughout Erie County, said Gallivan, chairman of the State Senate’s Committee on Crime, Crime Victims and Correction.
Through the State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Gallivan said he obtained $100,000 in additional funding for both National Federation for Just Communities’s First Time, Last Time program for persons 16 to 21 who become involved in the criminal justice system with the aim of reducing recidivism in that age group and the Family Justice Center to help pay for the free services it provides domestic violence victims and their children.
Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled and Disadvantaged of WNY is getting $20,000 to support its ongoing program of civil legal services throughout the county and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is getting $18,000 to purchase GPS locators for various of the department’s vehicles.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard said the effort of Gallivan, himself a former Erie County sheriff, will enable his dispatchers to determine the closest department vehicle to an incident and notify other law enforcement agencies if a deputy’s safety is threatened at such incidents. Through Gallivan’s efforts, the Morton Corners Fire Department is getting $15,000 to buy a needed All Terrain Vehicle, the Depew Fire Department is getting $4,800 for equipment purchases and the South Wales Fire Department is getting $6,800 to purchase a thermal imaging camera.