Mayville, NY — Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) was joined by Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace and public safety leaders from across the county to announce that the Science, State, Justice, Commerce (SSJC) Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2007 passed in the House of Representatives last week included funding for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of communications equipment.
“This will help put the best communications equipment available in the hands of our local dedicated sheriffs and police officers who serve day-in and day-out to protect our communities and keep our neighborhoods safe,” said Congressman Higgins.
"We appreciate the support of Congressman Higgins on this effort which will significantly enhance emergency communications and improve public safety in Chautauqua County," said Sheriff Gerace.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office would use funding under this program to purchase mobile radios for the police agencies in Chautauqua County for the Statewide Wireless Network (SWN). The SWN will be one of the most advanced communication systems for public safety in the world. It is an integrated network that provides optimal levels of coverage, capacity, and interoperability features for New York State’s varied geography and populations. Led by the New York State Office for Technology, SWN will provide reliable, secure, and unified voice and data communications for police departments within the County and across the state. With this funding, the Chautauqua County portion of the project can be completed by June 2007.
The exact funding amount has not been finalized. The SSJC bill states that after the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) reviews the requests, provisions will be applied as the committee determines as necessary. Congressman Higgins requested $250,000 for this initiative put forth by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
The Senate must consider its version of SSJC bill for FY 2007. The bill will then be taken up by a House-Senate conference, after which it will be voted on in both chambers before it proceeds to the President for signature.