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FCSO to upgrade Tasers

The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department is upgrading its Tasers.

Sheriff Richard Giardino recently requested permission to enter into a five-year contract with Axon to purchase upgraded Tasers for his department.

The contract was tentatively approved by the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, with the full board deciding Monday.

“A total upgrade would end up costing $41.000,” Giardino said.

Between 2016-2020, he said the sheriff’s office purchased and/or maintained nine Tasers for the department at a cost of $26,510 — an average of about $5,302 per year. He said the sheriff’s office has a total of $10,600 regarding Tasers in its 2021 budget.

Giardino said that Avon contacted his department and indicated the firm has upgraded to the next series of the non-lethal weapon, called Taser 7. He said Avon provided a comprehensive proposal for five years, commencing this year.

The sheriff said the proposal would upgrade his agency’s equipment, providing nine new Taser 7s, maintenance, cartridges and training. He said the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department will provide a $4,710 discount for trade-ins and previous programs.

Giardino was asked whether he envisions Tasers being banned during the duration of the five-year contract, and he said he didn’t.

In other sheriff’s office business before the committee, the committee approved a proposed resolution awarding bids for foodstuffs and other supplies for use in the Fulton County Correctional Facility.

Giardino requested extending a contract with United Uniform Co. for uniform use in the sheriff’s office. A board resolution in 2020 awarded a contract for uniforms , with bid specifications identifying a one-year contract that expired at the end of 2020. The sheriff requested a one-year renewal option effective through all of 2021.

Supervisors approved a request by the FCSD to reimburse the St. Johnsville Police Department and the village of St. Johnsville a total of $2,900 for police officer training. Giardino has hired a certified police officer from the St. Johnsville Police Department as a deputy.

Giardino said the sheriff’s office has lost eight members since last August: Two to retirements, two to lateral transfers to other law enforcement agencies, two resignations, and two were released.

Hiring laterals and reimbursing other agencies, saves the sheriff tens of thousands, he said.

Also approved was a proposal by Giardino to create a full-time deputy permanent position and fill a temporary deputy post with a $1 hold.

The committee voted to reappropriate $40,975 in insurance recovery funds from 2020 to replace a patrol vehicle totaled in 2020. Giardino said he has been advised the vehicle may be shipped by April 15.

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