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Sheriff’s awarded $186K grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department is receiving a $186,017 state Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant for 2020.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Service’s Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications recently announced Public Safety Answering Points Grants to facilitate operations of public safety answering points such as 911 communications centers.

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino recently reported to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee that Fulton County would be receiving a PSAP Operations Grant award. The full board will consider approving a resolution to accept the $186,017 award at its next meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the County Office Building.

Giardino applied for the grant, and noted for the committee that he received notification of the award on Sept. 18.

In other sheriff’s business before the committee:

∫ Supervisors temporarily approved permission sought by Giardino to accept a $21,244 annual state Law Enforcement Terrorist Prevention Program Grant for 2019-20. There is no matching county component. The period of the grant is Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2022.

Giardino said the following purchases will be made with grant proceeds in 2020: 22 ballistic helmets, 23 tactical flashlights, one tactical headset, and one tactical assault headset.

∫ Giardino requested a budget amendment involving $425.37. He said the amount is due to reimbursement from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for 11 hours of overtime earned by a sheriff’s investigator assigned to a DEA task force.

“This is the first reimbursement from the DEA on overtime,” the sheriff said.

∫ Another budget amendment for $350 from the 2019 budget was requested by Giardino for an upgrade to a scanner.

“We have in the budget in a miscellaneous account to replace the scanner we have,” he said.

Giardino said that due to upcoming requirements involving new New York state discovery legislation, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department will need an additional scanner to accommodate large volumes of documents to be sent to the county District Attorney’s Office. He said his office’s current scanner for the road patrol can only accommodate one copy at a time.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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