Fulton County Jail security upgrades approved

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee on Monday authorized a $163,500 contract to replace computer equipment used for security at the county jail.

The proposed approval for a contract with Black Creek Security Systems is due to be brought before the full board Feb. 11 for final approval. The contract is for PLC replacement of the Black Creek security system at the jail, according to Sheriff Richard Giardino.

He requested a transfer of county funds from a capital equipment reserve to pay for the project.

“It’s already in the capital plan,” Giardino said.

In other reports by the sheriff to the committee, Giardino provided preliminary Fulton County Sheriff’s Department statistics for 2018 compared to 2017, which he said are “very close.”

They were: calls for services: 2018 — 14,109, 2017 —14,313; arrests: 2018 — 758, 2017 — 764; and motor vehicle accidents: 2018 — 600, 2017 — 636.

“We have added new equipment, including a drone with a grant … and cameras for the patrol cars,” Giardino reported. “Our aggressive program of rotating equipment saw new vests, Tasers, handguns, rifles and shotguns to replace outdated weapons in 2018.”

Giardino requested a proposed resolution authorizing extension of an appointment for a temporary per diem tactical instructor, Eric Fettinger, in the sheriff’s office. The sheriff requested the position be extended an additional 18 months until August 2020 at a rate of $21.16 per hour not to exceed 30 hours a month.

The sheriff requested permission to utilize vacant county property on the demolition list at 68 E. Fulton St., Gloversville, for training. Giardino said that upon completion of training, the sheriff’s office will ensure building entrances are secure.

Giardino requested permission to create a special patrol officer position, with which the county would contract with HFM BOCES. The contract would require the hiring of a retired law enforcement officer at a one-year rate for a per diem deputy of $21.62 per hour, together with payment for required training time to maintain proper peace officer status.

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

By Patricia Older

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