Senator James L. Seward was in Herkimer today to meet with Herkimer County's police chiefs and inspect new video equipment purchased for each department and the state police with $50,000 in state funding secured by Seward. He was hosted by the chiefs of Herkimer County's police departments and Sheriff Chris Farber.
"I have enormous respect for the men and women who serve in law enforcement and place their lives at risk each and every day," Senator Seward said. "In small rural communities across New York, local governments are challenged to provide important, necessary services, and to do so on a budget. State funding helps provide local services and reduces pressure on the local budget.
"The use of video cameras in law enforcement patrol vehicles is growing and it's helpful for recording events related to traffic stops so that police departments can produce a record where circumstances pertaining to a stop may be in doubt," Seward added.
"The police departments of Herkimer County appreciate Senator Seward's help, support and assistance," said Herkimer Police Chief Joseph Malone. "Senator Seward has been a consistent and longtime advocate for Herkimer County, law enforcement, and for the local governments he represents. State funding is a big help to our chiefs' budgets, and the grant we're announcing today helps lift a burden from our local taxpayers."
The $50,000 award is administered by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. Funding is provided through the Justice Assistance Grant program, the purpose of which is to improve the state's criminal justice system and support local law enforcement efforts.
"It's about a safer community, safer kids and helping taxpayers. I am glad that the senate could assist," Seward concluded.
In addition to Chief Malone and Sheriff Farber, Seward was joined by Ilion Police Chief Timothy Parisi; Dolgeville Chief Howard Lamphier; Little Falls Chief Gregg DeLuca; Frankfort Chief Steven Conley; Town of Webb Chief Robert Dibble; HCCC Campus Security Chief Timothy Rogers and the New York State Police.