The West Seneca Police Department received the go-ahead for upgrades in both equipment and officers at Monday night's Town Board meeting.
The board approved the purchase of seven new "Alco-Sensors," Walkman-sized gadgets for determining alcohol content in drivers' breath; $7,368 for upgraded telephone equipment that will match the rest of the town's system; and "Accident Reconstruction School" for two officers.
While four of the department's officers had already been trained in accident investigation and advanced investigation, Police Chief John J. Miskovski said the new training would take the department's abilities toward a new level.
"There's only one class after this, and they'll be as well trained as any accident investigator in the area," he said.
The Alco-Sensors, which have the advantage of portability over the more commonly known Breathalyzers, will replace the four the department already had.
"The four were getting in kind of rough shape," Miskovski said. "We're going to put an Alco-Sensor, a tint meter and a sound meter in seven marked cars, together in their own case. So they'll be good for everything, noise, tinted windows and alcohol."
The Town Board also approved the purchase of a color laser jet printer for $2,637 for the West Seneca Historical Society and $7,124 for security and fire alarm systems for the Burchfield Park building.
Councilman Jerry Hicks questioned why the expenses were not included in the original bid on the approximately $830,000 building, but was told the specifications for the bids could not be determined as the building's design evolved. The building was originally bid out as modular construction, but then was rebid as conventional "stick-built."