The Yates County Sheriff's Office and the Sheriffs' Institute sponsored the 30th Annual K-9 Seminar last week. Training was conducted for special tactics, tracking, patrol, narcotics and explosive detection. NYS MPTC as well as North America Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) certifications were completed and all attendees scored successful. Thirty K-9 teams from 19 agencies participated in the 40 hour block of training, including teams from the following 10 sheriff's offices: Broome, Livingston, Niagara, Montgomery, Oneida, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates counties.
Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard accepts the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award at the Judges & Police Conference of Erie County 2013 Awards Dinner on May 17 in West Seneca. Harold "Budd" Schroeder, President of the Conference, presented Sheriff Howard the honors.
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh announces that Esteban Gonzalez has been named President of the American Jail Association. Chief Gonzalez was sworn in at an official ceremony at the American Jail Association's annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sheriff Walsh, who attended the ceremony, states that Gonzalez is only the second member of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office to chair the national organization.
Livingston County Undersheriff James Szczesniak states that an alert Deputy discovered a significant marijuana grow operation on Saturday May 11. Deputy Joseph Breu was performing routine patrol assignments when he discovered a large indoor grow operation on Mission Road in the Town of Springwater. The investigation led to one arrest for felony possession of marijuana and unlawful growing of marijuana. Members of the Livingston County Sheriffs Office seized multiple plants in various stages of growth, numerous weapons, significant grow equipment and quantities of dried marijuana as well. Undersheriff Szczesniak reminds the public to report any type of drug activity they may be aware of in their communities.
The Sheriff's Office was recognized by the Monroe County legislature and the Sheriffs' Association for its involvement in the aftermath of the tragic Christmas Eve shootings in Webster, NY. Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe joined Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and the full county legislature at their monthly meeting to recognize members of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office SWAT team and k-9 unit, which provided assistance after the deaths of Police Officer and fireman Michael Chiapperini and firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka in West Webster on Christmas Eve of 2012. The Sheriff's Office had more than 60 men and women in West Webster immediately after the incident. The SWAT team and k-9 unit were instrumental in bringing people to safety and members of the Sheriff's Office provided assistance to fellow law enforcement agencies.
The Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross honored two Broome County Deputies and one K-9 at its 4th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast.
Broome County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Balmer received the Law Enforcement Award. Deputy Balmer rescued a man who was pinned underneath his vehicle and helped him receive needed medical attention last July in the Town of Dickinson. Click here to read more.
The Sheriffs' Association and several individual Sheriffs have joined as amicus curiae in a lawsuit brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenging the constitutionality of several provisions of SAFE Act. The amicus brief will support the main suit by setting forth legal arguments against the SAFE Act specifically from the view of law enforcement. Some of the arguments contained in the brief are that the law impinges upon the 2nd Amendment to a degree that renders it unconstitutional, that the law is fatally vague, and that the law does not provide sufficient guidance to law enforcement. Sheriffs have been steadfast in their view that although there are some beneficial portions of the SAFE Act, many of its provisions are unworkable or unconstitutional. Thankfully, the SAFE Act contains a severability clause which would allow those constitutional and beneficial portions of the act to survive a legal challenge, while at the same time striking down those portions found to be unconstitutional.