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Volume 400                                                                                                                     December 2, 2016
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News of the NYS Sheriffs' Association
Registration Open for Annual Winter Training Conference
  The NYS Sheriffs' Association's 83rd Annual Winter Training Conference will take place January 23 - 26, 2017 at The Desmond in Albany, NY.  Please visit our website for more information and to register to attend or exhibit.
Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha Honored at Retirement Dinner 
Many sheriffs and retired sheriffs joined in celebrating the 49-year law enforcement career of Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha at Batavia Downs at the end of November. Our President, Herkimer County Sheriff Chris Farber, along with Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn, presented Sheriff Maha with a collector's gun box. The box, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of Remington Arms Manufacturing in New York, was presented to Sheriff Maha on behalf of all of the Sheriffs in New York in gratitude for his years of service to the Sheriffs' Association.
Sheriffs in the News
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts was on hand recently when the Wayne County Museum of History unveiled a replica of the WCSO's first patrol car, a 1941 Chevy 2-door Coupe Master Deluxe. In the picture, former  Wayne County Sheriff Charles Wright (top) poses with his patrol car. He served as Sheriff from 1937 to 1945. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts (bottom) poses with the replica sheriff's patrol car. The vehicle was restored by Dennis Lapresi, a local resident who gave the vehicle to the museum. 

Timothy Cardinal Dolan said Mass for 32 prisoners on Monday at the Orange County Jail at the invitation of Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois. “I love to visit the inmates and surround myself with the same people Jesus did. I have a calling to model my life after Him,” Cardinal Dolan said. The Cardinal placed his hands on each of the heads of the congregants — eight of whom were women — and blessed them and gave them Holy Communion.

Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett shared the news that the Columbia County Sheriff's Office "No-Shave November" raised $4,180 for the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund. Each p articipant made a donation equal to the the amount they would have spent on shaving and grooming during the month.  The Columbia County Deputy Sheriff's Benevolent Association and Columbia County Corrections Officer Council 82 Local 3828 unions each matched their members' donations.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Deploys New Video Visitatoin Solution

St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells, Jail Administrator Peggy Harper and IT Manager Rick Johnson just launched a new video visitation program using the Sheriffs’ Association's Public Safety & Justice Portal video cloud network (hosted by CDW-G and using Cisco video endpoints).

The Problem: St. Lawrence County’s existing system was showing its age and in need of replacement. The Sheriffs' Association provided them the opportunity to review and test a new hosted cloud video solution that is now offered to all public safety and justice organizations in New York State. 

The Solution: The County invested in four Cisco DX-70 13” video endpoints with hardened cases (see photo) and placed one in each of four separate visitation pods. The devices are set to auto-answer so, when it’s time for a scheduled video meeting, the inmate sits in front of the unit in the visitation pod and the calling department initiates the call.

The Results: The County has found the system to be budget-friendly and easy to use with excellent video quality. The operating cost of the video network is less than a normal cell phone plan per device once the equipment is purchased. And with CDW-G’s managed services cloud team providing the support for all network upgrades, adds, moves and changes, St. Lawrence County is now benefiting from reduced local IT workloads and stress while also lowering energy costs.

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Black Creek Hosts Annual New York SallyPort User's Group

Black Creek successfully concluded its 15th Annual SallyPort© User’s Group (SPUG) Meeting at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, NY. The 3-day conference was attended by over 80 participants across 30 New York counties.

This year at SPUG, Black Creek previewed SallyPort© 4.0, a web-based, user-configurable, enterprise-class jail management system. Conference attendees learned about the new features and user-configurable functionality of the new system, including complete user configurability, mobile device compatibility, workflow capabilities, and intra-agency messaging. 

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Photo (l to r): NYS Commission of Correction, Field Operations, Elisha Hamilton, Allegany County Assistant Jail Administrator, Lt. Kevin Morsman, and Allegany County Jail Administrator Christopher Ivers. 

Traffic Safety News
Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention
Nov. 25 - Dec. 11, 2016
The holiday season is right around the corner. As we prepare for festivities with family and friends, NHTSA wants to remind all drivers that it's dangerous to drive after drinking.
 
You have to choose your role before drinking begins: will you drink or will you drive? Remember, even if you only have a little bit to drink and think you're "okay to drive," you could still be over the legal limit, because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Visit the NHTSA Website for Holiday  enforcement campaign materials.  
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