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Sheriff's Road Patrols
September 26, 2011 - Dunkirk OBSERVER
Posted by Nicholas L. Dean
Today's newspaper features an article about the county's 2011 Public Safety services.
In the article, the sheriff's road patrols are listed as a "mandated item." The road patrols are included in the story as "mandated" because that is how they appear on the county's breakdown of 2011 services.
A screenshot of the document can be found at right, as can a link to the county's budget department.
Commenters on the website and callers to the newsroom today have pointed out that the sheriff is only mandated to operate a jail and provide certain civil duties such as the transportation of inmates. Road patrols are not a mandated service. The Sheriff's Office does, however, use its road patrols for the transportation of inmates and for the serving of summonses -- which are mandated services.
As can be seen on the document at right, the county has the "Authority Issuing Mandate" as "NYS Laws."
In his summary of the service for 2011, Sheriff Joe Gerace answered the form's several questions as follows:
Q: Number of Chautauqua County Residents who utilize this service (if applicable):
Q: Benefit/Rationale of Service:
Q: Justification for current staffing levels (ie, to meet NYS minimum standards for caseloads):
Q: Justification for current contractual costs (ie, cost of supplies):
Q: Can this service be provided by the private sector? If yes, please provide a brief explanation:
Q: Consequence if service is not provided: Impact on public:
Q: Impact on other county operations:
Q: Can any other service levels be considered? If yes, please provide a brief explanation:
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