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Cicero PD gets money for crime van

Watch out CSI, the Cicero Police Department is getting high tech.

The Cicero Police department is purchasing a crime response van, paid for by an $18,000 state grant, which will cover the entire cost of the vehicle. The modified cargo van will carry a substantial amount of the equipment crime scene technicians need when they hit the streets, which is a commodity for any officer on the go, said Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell.

"Currently, whenever we need to analyze a crime scene, our technicians spend a good amount of time running to different facilities to get the proper equipment," Snell said. "Now everything they need will be in one centralized cargo van. It will allow us to operate for efficiently and timely."

Snell said crime vans are common among larger departments.

State Senator David Valesky, who presented a check to Chief Snell on Oct. 23 at the Cicero Town Hall, said his role in the purchase was relatively small.

These are your taxpayers dollars, so you're the ones who are buying it," Valesky said. "I'm not doing anything but sponsoring the grant and directing some funds your way."

To earn the senator's sponsorship, Cicero Attorney Mark Wladis, Councilman Vern Conway and Town Supervisor Chet Dudzinski took a trip to Albany with their financial wish-lists.

"We went down to talk to Valesky, who offered up some funding," Wladis said. "We had a few things we needed stuff for, and decided the police department needed it the moost."

Snell said the town board has been supportive and instrumental in procuring funding for the departments.

"I told them my needs, they tell the state, and the next thing I know we get a letter that says money's coming our way," Snell said.

Valesky said the money will be arriving from Albany within the next two weeks. Snell said no definite van model has been picked out yet.

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