County Executive William R. Steinhaus has submitted resolutions to the County Legislature to authorize and amend the 2004 Adopted County Budget to accept funds in the combined amount of $210,000 from the New York State Office of Public Security. The grants will enable Dutchess County to purchase a Command/Communications vehicle to be used for terrorist events using weapons of mass destruction involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials. One of the two grants allows for the Sheriff’s Department to install the appropriate technical equipment in the vehicle for its use.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “We live in a different world today. Funding available from the state and federal government for measures to ensure homeland security is proof vehicle command centers are an important part of our response. It is critical that Dutchess County be prepared during an emergency to sustain critical communications with law enforcement, first responders, community resources and government leadership to protect our citizens. I am pleased that during a time when the County continues to practice fiscal restraint, the Sheriff’s Department and our Department of Emergency Response were able to obtain outside dollars so that Dutchess could secure this command vehicle.”
The New York State Office of Public Security has awarded a grant from the 2004 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) to Dutchess County in the amount of $150,000. The resolution to the Dutchess County Legislature requests accepting the funds for expenditure by the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response for a Communications/Command vehicle. A second grant from the state’s Office of Public Security provides $60,000 from the 2004 Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP) for use by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department to equip the vehicle. Both grants are funded by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Domestic Preparedness.
Sheriff Anderson said, “The Communications/Command Vehicle will possess the latest in technology to allow various government services from different jurisdictions and disciplines to operate and communicate at any large scale event.” The Sheriff further stated, “This project is a shining example of how county government is working to protect the citizens of Dutchess County while also spending resources in a way to best benefit all.”
It is anticipated the resolutions will be voted upon by the Dutchess County Legislature at their May 10th board meeting.