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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT PERFORMS VITAL SERVICES ACROSS COUNTY

Erie County Executive Joel Giambra says that sheriff's road patrol services are not a mandated service. Our non-mandated force is the primary police responder in 16 towns and villages in Erie County. In 2003, statistics show that the Erie County Sheriff's Department responded to 65,000 calls from residents of the towns and villages that it patrols. There were 24,846 calls over the 911 emergency lines, many of which involved some sort of domestic violence or physical disturbance. Deputies made 391 arrests for driving while intoxicated. Traffic summonses totaled 12,950. There were 672 arrests made for penal law violations. Warrant arrests totaled 597. Residents of Erie County who feel that these road patrol services are important to the community should contact county officials and voice their support for sheriff's road patrols. I implore the citizens of Erie County to stand up for vital services and send their own mandate to our elected officials.

Robert Kolmetz

Williamsville

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