The Erie County Legislature approved two grant-funded law enforcement efforts at its May 10 session.
The Legislature voted to accept an $81,250 New York State Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant to fund the Weapons and Ordnance Division of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to obtain specialized training and equipment for the explosive ordinance disposal unit (Bomb Squad).
“I am pleased and proud that we are able to approve grant funding to allow the Sheriff’s Office Weapons and Ordnance Division conduct training and obtain equipment to enhance its explosive device operations capabilities,” Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said. “We are helping the Sheriff’s Office deputies receive the training they need to remain certified bomb technicians.”
Also approved by the County Legislature was the acceptance of a $10,810 U.S. Department of Justice grant through the City of Buffalo to allow the county’s Central Police Services to provide enhancements to the local Criminal History Arrest Records Management System.
“Enhancing the arrest records management system will allow all law enforcement agencies in Erie County to improve their dispatching functions, records management, personnel, property management and arrest booking,” Legislator Hogues said. “The electronic submission of criminal history information will improve the speed and accuracy of data available to law enforcement personnel and the court systems.”
“I am also pleased that through utilizing these two grant funding sources, the county did not have to spend any of its own funds on these two law enforcement initiatives,“ Legislator Hogues concluded.