(WKTV) - Utica College hosted the Oneida County Law Enforcement Address on Monday, and Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol outlined what's new in the county.
There are some projects in the works to help inmates while they are incarcerated, then once they get out, programs to make sure they don't come back and become productive members of society.
Also, for the past several years, the sheriff's office has had a budget surplus, to they have been able to stay ahead in technology and buy new equipment as well.
"We were able to use all those extra funds to purchase a mobile command post," said Maciol. "(also) to purchase an armored rescue vehicle, another patrol car, a smart board for crime mapping and just to be creative on how we operate."
Other projects on tap are a solar panel project, as well as Start New York, a program to bring in dogs from the humane society to work with inmates on a one-on-one basis.
Maciol also announced the unveiling of the sheriff's office's new Community Affairs Unit, which will bridge the office and the community. The unit will support community programs such as Safechild Identification, Yellow Dot Project Lifesaver, VINE, recruitment, honor guard and other public safety education programs.
Those assigned to that unit include Lt. James Paravati, Sgt. Terrance Gilbert and Deputy Fred Lomanto.