Sheriffs from across the state, law enforcement leaders, and over 50 vendors gathered at the Desmond in Albany last week for the 80th annual Winter Training Conference.
The Sheriffs' Association held its annual election of officers at our 80th Annual Winter Conference last week. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli swore in the new officers. Outgoing Association President Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn passed the gavel to Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, the new Association President.
The Police Officer Memorial Advisory Committee met in Albany earlier this month to approve submissions of names to be placed on the Memorial Wall at the Empire State Plaza this year, and to consider administrative issues pertaining to the Memorial. The Sheriffs' Association is represented on the Advisory Committee by Executive Director Peter Kehoe. Five officers (four NYS Troopers and one Buffalo policewoman) killed in the line of duty in 2013 were approved for inclusion on the Wall. Also, 12 New York City police officers and a Peekskill police officer who all succumbed to 9/11 related cancer were approved for inclusion. In addition, there were two "historical" submissions for officers who died in the line of duty in earlier years: a State Game Protector who was murdered in 1914 and a Yates County Deputy Sheriff, William R. Leach, who died in the line of duty in 1957.
Sheriff Dave Harder and the members of his jail staff were honored at a recent meeting of the Broome County Legislature for obtaining reaccreditation of the Corrections Division. The Broome County Jail was first accredited in 1993 and has been continually re-accredited since.
Bradley Resinger, third from left, receives scholarship from Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero (left). James Valenti (center left), an attorney and Finger Lakes Community College assistant professor, nominated Bradley, and Barbara Risser (right) is President of Finger Lakes Community College.
Warren County Sheriff Bud York was honored before the County Board of Supervisors at the January meeting as his Office was awarded re-accreditation of the Corrections Division. Only 29 of the State's 62 counties have qualified for this accreditation. Photo (l to r) Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree, Jail Administrator Captain Michael Gates and Sergeant Wayne Farmer
Congratulations to Sheriff York, Undersheriff Lamouree and their exceptional team!
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo announced seven internal promotions and the appointment of four new deputy sheriffs last week. The appointments and promotions, which came three weeks into Sheriff Zurlo's term, will fill vacancies created by retirements over the past year. Congratulations to all!
Several Sheriffs, Undersheriffs and Jail Administrators met last week with DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci and members his parole division to discuss the status of parole violators held in county jails. Sheriffs brought to the Commissioner's attention problems with excessive adjournments and other procedures that cause parolees to be held at county expense for too long. Sheriffs also discussed the need to keep persons with serious medical issues from being violated, since the costs to care for and supervise these inmates is so substantial.
Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum announced the retirement of Correction Officer Donald Ostrander on January 21, 2014. CO Ostrander joined the Ulster County Sheriff's Office in 1978. That adds up to 36 years of service in "The toughest job in law enforcement." (That last part according to a sign on the wall at the entrance to the Ulster County Jail.) Sheriff VanBlarcum said "Officer Ostrander is truly an asset to the people of Ulster County and a gentleman. We wish him a long, healthy retirement." Thank you CO Ostrander for your exceptional service!
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is proud to welcome the latest recruit class that just recently graduated from the police academy. Recruit class #56 officially began their duties with the Sheriff's Office in February of last year. After months of training, they walked across the stage at a graduation ceremony at Monroe Community College on January 17th. The recruit class was led by Deputies Tim Spry and Matt MacKenzie. Congratulations to Recruit Class #56!