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Sheriffs Department’s dog program strong

March 3, 2013

For more than 30 years, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has “gone to the dogs” for solving crimes. In 1981, Lt....

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Mar-04-13 7:23 AM

K-9 is not something new CCSD just came up with, it has been part of the department for many years. What is new is now the State Police are dispatched by CCSD and actually respond to complaints, as opposed to just doing V&T.

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Mar-04-13 6:59 AM

Well, when the Tooth Fairy (Homeland Security Pork barrel) delivered a boat we didn't need, remarks emanating from the Sheriffs department implied they could now do the job of the Coast Guard relative to patrolling the Lake. (Sorry, not being vague but I don't recall the EXACT remarks, but did say at the time it was A) Coast Guard duties and B)we'd be paying for that boat and staff after the tooth Fairy money ran out. It did and we are) And then there are matters of priorities. Road patrols versus Snowmobile trail checks, speed traps on Rt.60 where state troopers are set up much of the time (town of Dunkirk section) No government bureaucracy that large is immune from some waste and areas that can be cut. If that's too vague for you Mr. Bear, I'm sorry.

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Mar-03-13 9:06 PM

GYF: I came up w/the .05% figure by taking the $1.3M that the county appropriated to CCH last yr (which it agreed as a condition to secure $3.8M in IGT funds), then I applied it against the $23M CCSD budget. Keep in mind, CCH was pretty much a self-sustaining operation (revenues exceeding expenses) for many yrs. I presume skyrocketing health care costs (not labor costs) changed all that.

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Mar-03-13 8:35 PM

Capt - Just looked at the 2013 budget. CCSO $23 mil. County Home $20.9 mil. Your .05% is not even close. And keep in mind, CCSO services are open to EVERYONE in the county. The county home is NOT available to everyone.

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Mar-03-13 8:29 PM

Such as what Christopher? Defend your position? What elements of protection would you recommend they remove from us as County residents? Be specific instead of your usual vague.

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Mar-03-13 7:42 PM

Captain is right. Nobody is questioning the importance of the Sheriffs department or some of, even most of, the services they deliver. But the department does seem to be in search of an ever expanding list of services/duties that have no business being part of the normal operations of a County law enforcement agency. Every year the sheriff says he can't cut one dime, yet almost every year sees some sort of expansion of duties requiring more and different and expensive equipment. NOBODY, myself included, is trying to impugn their normal duties, but there has to be a limit on what those duties are and what people can afford.

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Mar-03-13 6:41 PM

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Mar-03-13 6:06 PM

You appear to have some issues "Captain". Mental or personal.

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Mar-03-13 5:57 PM

Ignorant? LOL!!! I never said the CCSD wasn't a valuable service. I do, however, feel the county spends WAAAAY too much money on law enforcement...and I'm NOT the only one.

" sure would be nice to pick and choose who gets to benefit from what CCSD offers."

If my opinion causes a cop, fireman, EMT or any other public servant not to help me if needed, shame on them! Unfortunately, there are more like that than we want to admit.

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Mar-03-13 3:30 PM

Captain, I highly doubt you would have this negative attitude if you needed the services of CCSD. I'm positive though, they would even help someone as ignorant as you if you needed them. That's the sad part, it sure would be nice to pick and choose who gets to benefit from what CCSD offers.

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Mar-03-13 2:36 PM

My comment reflects my opinion of the excessive amt of taxpayer money needed to fund the CCSD, especially when county reps are highly critical of the small county subsidy used to help operate the CCH, which BTW, is approx .05% of the CCSD annual budget.

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Mar-03-13 12:40 PM

Awesome article Shirley. Captain, REALLY? your comment is out of place and uncalled for.

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Mar-03-13 8:16 AM

I wouldn't be surprised if some CCSD deputies receive a generous stipend to their pension benefits on behalf of the dogs' years of service.

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