Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT -- It's not just about prosecuting. In Hamilton County, the war against crime starts before any crime is committed.
This was made clear when the Board of Supervisors heard from District Attorney Marsha King Purdue and Probation Director Amy Taylor Thursday, April 3.
Purdue told the board she has been working with Department of Social Services Commissioner Roberta Bly to investigate possible cases of fraud by those seeking services. "If you make a false application, we will prosecute you," Purdue said.
Purdue also said her office has received $14,985 from the State of New York for video interrogation equipment. It has been purchased and installed at her office, Inlet Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
These devices will aid in prosecutions while protecting the rights of those doing interrogations as well as those being interrogated, said Purdue.
Addressing digital crimes, Purdue said she has been going to schools to talk about online bullying and warn teens of the dangers of taking nude photos of themselves and sending them to friends. Once a photo goes out, control of how they are used is lost, she said, and if they are sent to someone underage it becomes a crime.
Purdue also said she will be taking part in a Mock DWI exercise at the Adirondack Museum May 8. The exercise will involve students from Indian Lake and Long Lake, State Police, the Sheriff's Office and first responders from Long Lake, Indian Lake and Blue Mt. Lake. The purpose is to warn teens just before their proms of the dangers of driving drunk or drugged.
36 ON PROBATION
Taylor told the board she is currently supervising 36 people on probation and has one Person In Need of Supervision (PINS) case.
PINS promotes change in a juvenile's behavior while holding him accountable to conditions imposed by a family court. The goal is to improve a juvenile's life by lessening his or her potential for further delinquent behavior, including the potential for violence.
Taylor also said her department, DSS and the DA's Office will be taking training on what they need to know about methamphetamines.
She also reported that O'Connor Automotive, Lake Pleasant, is now an official site for installing interlock devices on the cars of those who are required to have them because of DWI convictions.
Conservation Technician Lenny Croote and Conservation Educator Caitlin Stewart from Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District told the supervisors they are now able to offer a certified water-testing program.
Testing kits are available at the SWCD office at the county seat in Lake Pleasant or can be purchased at all town halls in the county. Depending upon the tests wanted, kits cost from $25 to $35 each.
For more information call the SWCD at (518) 548-3991.