The Town of Irondequoit is using a $160,000 state grant to make safety enhancements to its Police Department Complex, located just north of the Town Hall.
Chief Richard Tantalo says the improvements include perimeter fencing and access gates, new camera systems inside and out, and the establishment of a safety zone to allow for the transfer of goods, as in an online business transaction.
"Instead of meeting in an unknown location or some other type of public site, they can come to this location. That exchange will be on video. And they can do that safely and have that added sense of security," he said.
Tantalo says the security improvements will help protect police officers and residents alike.
"Whether they are there to report something or participate in a tour, or meet with a police officer, as well as provide enhanced security for our officers as they move about the facility as they transport individuals for a variety of reasons," he said.
Tantalo says the town secured a $160,000 state grant for the enhancements, and he expects work will begin in the next 30 days, now that a vendor for both the fencing and the cameras has been secured.
State Senator Rich Funke helped secure the funding.