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Tasers for the Probation department, Sheriff’s office reports, new EMS Advisory board

Allegany County Probation Officers may soon be armed with new Tasers. Department Director Robert Starks is asking the county Public Safety Committee to approve the expenditure of $4,874.10 for two new Tasers and related equipment from an Arizona-based firm. The purchase was already included in the budget. According to Starks, “although we will receive the Tasers in August, the cost of purchasing these products will be spread out over a five-year period.”

In June, the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office generated slightly more than $39,000 in revenue for housing Federal prisoners. The average daily population at the county jail was 52. Meanwhile, the Civil Division served 59 civil processes. The Office collected Undertaking, Fines, Bail, Fees and Money Judgments in the amount of $71,872.78 (As of June 20 2022). The Sheriff, citing staffing requirements, is asking to hire two new full-time Corrections Officers for the Jail. The base starts at $23/hour.

The Allegany County 911 Center in June handled a total of 5,201 calls for service.

TODAY and TOMORROW

The Public Safety Committee will also consider approving an EMS Advisory Committee. According to a pre-filed resolution:

RESOLVED:

1. That there is hereby created an EMS Advisory Board in and for the County of Allegany to be known as the “Allegany County EMS Advisory Board.”

2. That the membership of the Allegany County EMS Advisory Board shall consist of not less than five (5) nor more than twenty-one (21) members. The Allegany EMS Coordinator, if any, shall be appointed to such Board. A member of the Allegany County Board of Legislators may be appointed as a member of the Allegany County EMS Advisory Board. The members of such board shall serve without compensation.

3. That the regular members of the Allegany County EMS Advisory Board shall be appointed by a resolution of the Board of Legislators.

4. That the members of the Allegany County EMS Advisory Board shall serve for a term of two (2) years, except that the members initially appointed shall serve from the effective date of their appointment until December 31, 2023. A vacancy in the membership of a Board member shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the balance of the unexpired term during which the vacancy occurs.

5. That the Allegany County EMS Advisory Board shall cooperate with appropriate state agencies in relation to such programs for EMS training, EMS-related activities, and mutual aid; to act as an advisory body to the Allegany County Board of Legislators and to the Allegany County EMS Coordinator, if any, in connection with the County’s participation in such

programs for EMS training, EMS-related activities, and mutual aid and mutual aid programs in cases of emergencies in which the services of EMS providers would be used; and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed in relation to EMS training, EMS-related activities, and mutual aid in cases of emergencies in which the services of EMS providers would be used.

6. That the Allegany County EMS Advisory Board shall issue an annual report to the Allegany County Board of Legislators no later than March 1 of the preceding year.

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