More cameras to be added

Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown, left seated, brings items before the county Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County Board of Supervisors committee on Monday approved a $75,000 expenditure for stationary cameras and related equipment, part of the county’s New Neighborhood Plan.

The county’s 2018 capital plan identifies purchases related to surveillance and intelligence gathering tools as part of the plan.

District Attorney Chad Brown on Monday received approval from the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee to purchase stationary surveillance cameras for six locations in the county at an estimated cost of $50,000. The locations aren’t being divulged by the county. Another $25,000 will be spent on miscellaneous expenses such as monitors and wires.

The proposed resolution will come before the full board March 12.

Brown said previously that stationary cameras have been utilized in the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown and are popular with their police chiefs.

Fulton County’s New Neighborhood Plan was created in 2015 and it had three main goals: deter, detect and demolish. The deter part is designed to “promote law enforcement techniques and technologies that discourage criminals from viewing the Fulton County region as a location for their illegal activity.” The detect part refers to more collaboration between local police agencies to identify and prosecute criminals. The demolish part involves removing blighted housing through the county’s Operation Green Scene.

In other items Brown brought to the committee:

∫ Brown received committee approval for a $9,073 budget amendment for use by his office of a 2017-18 state STOP-DWI Crackdown Grant.

“We’ve received this every year for the past three years,” he said.

These amounts will be earmarked for area police to crack down on drunk drivers: Fulton County Sheriff’s Department — $2,673; Gloversville Police Department — $3,300; Johnstown Police Department — $2,600; and Northville Police Department — $500.

∫ Brown requested a $22,500 budget amendment for special distribution of STOP-DWI funds from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. A total of $17,500 will be used for contractual purposes, with another $5,000 appropriated for programs.

∫ The district attorney also requested the board declare April 8 through 14 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in the county.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Kerry Minor

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