The Wyoming County Sheriff Department’s Mounted Unit is soon to receive $10,000 in funding. The all-volunteer unit receives no allocation from the county budget.
“This money will be used to fund the specialized and unique training the Mounted Unit needs to maintain operational readiness for search and rescue, special details and other public safety needs,” said Sheriff Gregory Rudolph. “Sen. Gallivan’s continuous support demonstrates his commitment to public safety in Wyoming County.”
Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support various public safety initiatives in Wyoming County. The aid is being provided to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled and Disadvantaged of WNY in order to maintain existing programs.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our citizens and the communities in which we live,” Gallivan said. “As Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Crime, Crime Victims and Correction, I know firsthand how important it is to support programs that assist those victimized by crime and to make sure our police departments have the resources they need to do their job.”
During the recently completed legislative session, Gallivan secured funding through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services that included funds for the Mounted Unit.
The Mounted Unit is led operationally by John Copeland, retired Undersheriff of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and chairman of the county’s Public Safety Committee.
“The Mounted Unit serves our community with pride and distinction and this funding provides critical training for the officers that participate in the program,” said Chairman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Douglas Berwanger.
Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled and Disadvantaged of WNY will receive $20,000 to support its ongoing program to provide civil legal services to seniors, the disabled and low-income individuals throughout WNY, including residents of Wyoming County.