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Caz Police Department makes improvements, saves money

The Cazenovia Police Department also recently acquired a 2011 Impala, purchased for a discounted price of $20,000. The vehicle was outfitted with repurposed equipment from the department's 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, saving the department over $1,000. The Crown Victoria, which accumulated 133,000 miles of service, will soon be put to auction.

A grant through BRiDGES allowed officers to conduct three village-wide premise checks. All restaurants are taverns were examined by police. During the sweeps, no patrons under 21 were found in possession of alcohol. After each business was checked, they were given pamphlets with images of each state's official identification card and education on how to spot a fake ID.

"We try to have education and enforcement. You can't have too much of one," Chief Hayes said. "Educate parents, educate businesses and educate kids as to what is expected. If the education doesn't work, then enforcement is implemented."

Chief Hayes recently began a grant-application process to receive funding for a department garage. Currently, police vehicles are stored next to the Municipal Building or in the vicinity, but are otherwise unprotected by the elements. Hayes outlined a tentative plan to add on to the backside of the Village Department of Public Works garage, located off of Williams Street.

On May 12, the Cazenovia Police Department will be conducting a DWI mock-crash on the green of the high school. This exercise takes places every few years and aims to educate school-aged drivers of the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.

Hayes was inducted as the Chief of Police on Sept. 8 this past year and oversees a staff of 19. To learn more about the Cazenovia Police Department, visit their website at cazpolice.com, call 655-3276, or email cazpolice@windstream.net.

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