Sheriff’s Office will provide security at Walmart during holiday season with store covering the costs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 November 2023 at 4:59 pm

County also approves buying new armored vehicle for SWAT at $319K, and 5 other new vehicles for Sheriff’s Office

ALBION – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office will provide security services at Walmart in Albion from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31, with the store paying the highest rate of overtime along with the cost of fringe benefits.

The County Legislature approved the agreement last week. Sheriff Chris Bourke said the Sheriff’s office has partnered with Walmart with security for several years during the holiday season.

This year’s contract calls for the Sheriff’s Office to provide 57 hours of security to the store, primarily the outside perimeter and parking lot areas, Bourke said.

• The Legislature last week also approved purchasing three new 2023 Chevrolet Tahoes at $73,008.64 from Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew. That is a government discount rate and includes up fitting.

• The county also will be buying two new 2023 Ford Explorers for $73,610.74 from Bob Johnson Ford in Avon. That is the government discount rate and includes up fitting.

• The County Legislature also approved the following purchases for the SWAT: $319,867 for an emergency response armored vehicle to be paid to Lenco Armored Vehicles in Pittsfield, MA; 12 ballistic helmets, 12 chinstrap extenders, and 12 helmet bags for $10,192 to be paid to Safeware in Lanham, MD.

• The Legislature also approved paying Lyons Collision in Medina $21,676 for a service repair of the Sheriff Office’s 2015 Marine Boston Whaler Boat M-2. Due to insurance recovery monies received, the county cost is $2,000.