The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. (NYSSA) is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934, for the purpose of assisting Sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of Sheriffs’ services to the public. It is comprised of all of the elected and appointed Sheriffs of New York State.
The specific goals of the Association are:
- to provide education and training for Sheriffs and their staffs;
- to improve the efficiency and capability of Sheriffs to provide better services in law enforcement, corrections, civil law enforcement, court security and the many other areas of a Sheriff’s responsibility;
- to collect, analyze and disseminate important decisions of local, State and Federal courts, which decisions may affect the operations of a Sheriff’s Office;
- to appear as amicus curiae in court cases affecting Sheriffs and their constituents;
- to establish standards of excellence and to accredit Sheriffs’ Offices which meet those standards;
- to assist Sheriffs and counties in their interactions with state and federal agencies;
- to seek grants and non-tax funding sources to assure the delivery of needed programs while alleviating the burden on local taxpayers;
- to advise members of the New York State Legislature and the Governor’s Office and other agencies of the Executive Branch concerning the feasibility and implications of proposed legislation or administrative rules or regulations affecting Sheriffs and their constituents;
- to cooperate with other police agencies and public officers in efforts to improve the prevention, detection and prosecution of crimes and the punishment of criminals;
- and to educate member Sheriffs, their staff and members of the general public in all the areas of Sheriffs’ duties, all so the public might be well served by the Sheriffs of New York State.
Since the Sheriff is a county officer, there is no responsibility on the State to train, educate or update Sheriffs in the very complex operations of a Sheriff’s Office, which typically may include duties in criminal law enforcement, traffic patrol, emergency rescue operations, homeland security programs, SWAT operations, civil emergency and disaster response programs, jail operations, correctional alternative management, courtroom security, and civil litigation process. Obviously, it would not be practical for each county separately to conduct its own extensive training programs in all these areas of responsibility for just one Sheriff. The Sheriffs’ Association has assumed the considerable burden of designing and implementing training programs for Sheriffs and their Undersheriffs, Law Enforcement Supervisors, Jail Managers, Civil Deputy Sheriffs and Correctional Officers.