The Erie County Legislature unanimously transferred asset forfeiture funds to purchase 15 digital mobile radios to meet Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements at its March 21 session.
“We approved the transfer of $40,000 in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office Asset Forfeiture Trust Fund to purchase portable digit radios that must be set to specific frequencies according to FCC regulations,” Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), chair of the Public Safety Committee, said. ”There are 14 county vehicles driven daily by confidential criminal investigators, who have police powers and are tasked with locating witnesses, serving subpoenas, taking statements and photographs. These radios will keep them connected with police agencies.”
Legislator Hogues noted that the radios will cost $2,662 each under New York State contract pricing, and that the funds are received by the District Attorney’s Office “as a result of successful prosecutions” of drug dealers.