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Sheriff restructures for additional DWI & opioid patrols

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 11:35:43-04

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is bolstering its opioid and DWI patrols by restructuring inmate transportation units.

The Sheriff announced Thursday 12 deputies will be reassigned to patrol districts throughout the county.

The sheriff's office recently finalized restructuring plans for the Jail Management Division and the Police Services Division for inmate transport. Before this reorganization, patrol deputies handled inmate transportation. Now, deputies assigned to the Jail Management Division will transport inmates to and from the court as well as between the two county detention facilities.

Working with the County Executive and the County Legislature over the past few budgets, I have been able to hire much needed staff for the jails," says Sheriff Timothy Howard. "Now, with the added jail personnel, I could take Road Deputies and reassigned them to battle the influx of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and other drugs and conduct more impaired driving patrols.”

The new plan went into effect March 25.