The Erie County Legislature voted unanimously (11-0) to allow the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to accept funding from the New York State Office of Homeland Security at its March 15 session.
The $196,336 from the Operation Stonegarden grant will be used to enhance border protection in international waterways. Legislator Tim Hogues (D-Buffalo), Chair of the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, voted for the measure because it would not only help strengthen the cooperation between local law enforcement agencies, but help to purchase new equipment to keep people safe during patrols or emergency missions.
“This grant will enable the continuation of the partnership between our local law enforcement agencies,” Legislator Hogues said. “We must always be conscious of keeping our border safe and this grant will help the Sheriff’s Office to better respond to and prevent emergencies at the border.”
The funding will be designated for personnel costs and the purchase of new equipment. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to coordinate with local law enforcement agencies to conduct joint patrols of the Niagara River and Lake Erie.