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April 9, 2015
Sheriff Gerace Addresses Current Topics and Responsibilities with JBC Students
Jamestown, N.Y.— Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace visited Mr. Pillittere's American Society and Public Policies class to discuss crime, gun control, and the role of government in crime prevention. Sheriff Gerace provided students with a background on his education, career choices, and those individuals who made a positive impact on him along the way. Students learned that Chautauqua County has a population of 133,000, and has over 1,060 square miles that must be patrolled by the Sheriff's department. This is accomplished with only four patrol cars.
A major part of the Sheriff's budget supports the operations of the County Jail, which can hold just over 300 inmates. The normal cost for an inmate is about $65/day, which can cost an additional $85/day if there is no room at the jail and that inmate has to be transported somewhere else in the state. The class discussed the cost of crime to society, which in the mid-1990's cost more than $16 billion. Students learned that the reasons for crime can be related to drugs, socioeconomic issues, demographic changes, and family structure.
Sheriff Gerace's department is also responsible for several other duties that protect the public such as 911 Dispatch. Currently, the sheriff's office dispatches for the New York State Troopers as well. This creates savings and efficiency for both agencies. His department oversees Starflight, which is a helicopter service partnership with WCA Hospital. Last year, they flew 425 missions to help Level 1 Trauma cases get the medical attention they needed.
One of the Sheriff's main priorities is the STOP DWI Program. During his career as a crime scene investigator, he saw too many fatalities related to drinking and driving. This division has helped to reduce DWI's and related fatalities through education and prevention programs.
The Sheriff answered several questions from students that related to crime and criminal justice. The presentation ended with an excellent discussion on the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution's 14th Amendment. It is this clause that prohibits selective enforcement of the law based on race. The discussion was focused around trust, perception, training, and education.
Jamestown Business College offers business-focused Associate and Bachelor degrees and certificate programs that include targeted professional development activities. For more information on registering for these programs, call 664-5100 or visit us online at www.JamestownBusinessCollege.edu.
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