MAYVILLE - The largest grant ever received by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is expected help the county update its lagging communication system.
The county was awarded the unprecedented grant through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services totaling $6 million, the maximum amount. The money will be used to update the county's long-since outdated radio system used by police, fire and state emergency officials.
Sheriff Joe Gerace, who chairs the county Radio Communications Advisory Committee, was made aware of the grant award earlier this week. He said the radio system will be upgraded at some point this year to fall in line with new state regulations.