Commissioners discuss patrol boat

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis wants a new patrol boat, but not all county commissioners are on board with the idea.

Sheriff Leis says a $98,000 boat is needed for extra patrols. The plan will be discussed Monday at the county commissioners meeting.

Sheriff Leis says the boat is needed to monitor potential terrorist targets on the Ohio River, like power plants and bridges.

Leis and Commissioner David Pepper have been at odds on the issue, but commissioners discussed the plan on Monday.

The money would come from homeland security funds, but the cost won't be completely covered by federal funds. Commissioners say fuel, maintenance and staffing for the boat will have to come from taxpayers.

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