GENESEO – The Geneseo Police Department is pursuing several new ways to push their technological capabilities forward in 2015, including body cameras for all officers, and improved computers in patrol cars.
According to Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, the department is doing an exemplary job and hopes to increase in manpower and improve its technology, keeping the community and the officers safer by implementing body cameras and new computers.
“The entire Village is covered by wireless communications,” said Chief Osganian. “There are antennas on the Geneseo Building, Fire Hall and Sheriff’s Office, a triangle of wireless communications. With new laptops in our cars, we would be able to remotely report from the road to our office, and with body cams and new dash cams, we would be able to download video of activity like traffic stops and archive it in our records.”
Geneseo Police are also seeking to hire on another full-time officer, bringing the total to six, and one part-time secretary.
Cheif Osganian added that any new equipment will have to be purchased with grant money, as was done successfully in 2014. Geneseo Police applied for and received $61,403.26 in grant money in 2014, and used it to make several purchases including a new 2015 Ford SUV which replaced their 2006 Crown Victoria, two license plate readers, and two new bullet-proof vests for officers.
There are currently five full-time officers: Officers Jeffrey Szczesniak, Daniel Piedmonte, Raymond Goulet, Benjamin Swanson, and Christopher Matteson, as well as five part-time officers: Officers Travis Lana, Dylan DiPasquale, Phillip Bauers, Jason Yasso, Investigator Robert Fuller, and dog control officer and traffic attendant Dean O’Keefe with the Geneseo Police Department, alongside Sergeant Dana Carson and Chief Osganian.
PHOTO CAPTION: One model of body cam. (Photo/Facebook.com)