County police services discussed

By KATIE ATKINS

OBSERVER Mayville Bureau

MAYVILLE – Several resolutions will be presented to the Chautauqua County Legislature next week, many of which involve the Public Safety Committee’s list of agenda items discussed Wednesday night in Mayville.

The towns of Hanover and Ripley have both requested enhanced services from the office of County Sheriff Joe Gerace for the upcoming calendar year.

Gerace said the agreement with Hanover is an extension of an agreement existing since 1986. The cost is not to exceed $339,688 for services provided.

For Ripley, the rate is estimated and shall not exceed $30,000 based on an hourly rate of $37.28.

The third matter of business Gerace discussed was the New York State Eighth Judicial District’s request for court security services lasting through March 31, 2014, at a cost not to exceed $671,371.

Lastly, Silver Creek Central School District has requested a part-time school resource officer for the remainder of the school year at a rate of $27.64 per hour.

Gerace said a deputy works at the school roughly 20 hours per week, and the agreement is similar to contracts between the sheriff’s office and BOCES schools in Ashville and Fredonia.

According to Gerace, school resource officers play an integral role in day to day activities, assist administration, guidance counselors and teachers while giving students a different perspective on law enforcement.

“An important piece of our SRO program is them getting into the classrooms and educating the kids and meeting the kids and building some nice relationships and positive bonds with law enforcement,” said Daniel Ljiljanich, superintendent for Silver Creek, at a September board of education meeting.

All agenda items will be presented to the full county legislature on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Gerace Offices in Mayville.

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