Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Police To Receive State Funding

Two local drug task force agencies are slated to receive state funding, state Sen. Cathy Young announced Thursday.

The Southern Tier Region Drug Task Force and Jamestown Police Department will receive $75,000 and $25,000, respectively, for anti-drug and crime prevention. The money will coming from the 2017-18 state budget, Young said in a statement.

“Our local law enforcement agencies have the enormous responsibility of protecting our communities and citizens from crime and all manner of threats to public safety,” said Young, R-Olean. “With the emergence of the heroin and opioid crisis, the challenges and dangers faced by our dedicated law enforcement officers have never been greater. This funding will support their critically important work, ensuring extra resources are available to help combat this epidemic.”

Young said the funding for the Sheriff’s Office will support the cost of adding a deputy to the drug task force. The group includes members of the state police and local police departments for area drug investigations.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration office in Buffalo and the U.S. Attorney’s office are also part of this coordinated approach.

Gerace said he was pleased to hear the state funding will allow the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force to add another deputy to the mix.

“Senator Young understands the gravity of the drug crisis we are facing and has worked time and again, to secure funding that will help us in our battle against the heroin dealers who are perpetrating this devastating epidemic and destroying many young lives,” Gerace said. “She has always been an advocate for our law enforcement community and we are very grateful.”

In Jamestown, the state funding will be used to purchase equipment for the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.

“In the fight to make our streets safer by putting drug dealers and criminals behind bars, we need all available resources,” Chief Harry Snellings said. “This funding will help us ensure our officers have the tools they need to combat the drug epidemic plaguing our community.

“I would like to thank Senator Young for this latest support, as well as her ongoing commitment to our law enforcement community.”