Fulton County Sheriff busier than past

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department is 25 percent busier than it was three years ago.

Sheriff Richard Giardino gave a report — compiling statistics up to the third quarter — at Monday’s Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee meeting.

“Our calls for service have increased from 2015 by about 25 percent,” the sheriff said.

He said driving while intoxicated arrests by the sheriff’s office are down. But he said he wasn’t sure if less people are driving drunk in the towns, or they’re not being caught as much.

“Our other activity is up,” Giardino said.

The third quarter report showed that calls for service up to this point in 2018 stood at 10,918. That was compared to the first three quarters of these years: 2017 — 10,340; 2016 — 9,984; and 2015 — 8,144.

Giardino reported arrests were at 611, up considerably since 423 made three years ago.

A total of 27 DWI arrests have been made through three quarters of 2018, down from 44 in 2015. Motor vehicle accidents investigated by the sheriff’s office were also down from a three-year high during the period of 452 in 2015 to 386 investigated in 2018.

Giardino also reported on sheriff’s department training from May through October, including joint training on the Great Sacandaga Lake with members of the Navy Reserve, state police, and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. Training included scenarios involving: simulated terrorism, suspicious packages, recovery of a dead body underwater, and seizure of a boat and two suspects.

Deputies also participated in other training such as: active shooter, unmanned aerial surveillance training, officer survival involving six members, field training officer school, rife course, and armor school.

Additionally, Giardino noted Undersheriff Dan Izzo has presented active shooter training since June to the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fulmont Community Action Agency, and an area Council of Churches group.

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

By Patricia Older

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