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The New York State Sheriffs' Association
Volume 364

January 21, 2015

Thanks to our Diamond Partners

Annual New Sheriffs School a Success
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts presents to new Sheriffs and Undersheriffs at NYSSA Offices in Albany (l to r): Tompkins County Undersheriff Brian Robison, Montgomery County Undersheriff Jason Cramer, Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway, Jefferson County Undersheriff Brian McDermott, and Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O'Neill.
The Annual School for New Sheriffs was attended by two new Sheriffs--Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O'Neill and Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway--along with Jefferson County Undersheriff Brian McDermott, Montgomery County Undersheriff Jason Cramer and Tompkins County Undersheriff Brian Robison. During the two-day program the new Sheriffs and Undersheriffs heard presentations from: Chairman Thomas Beilein and Commissioner Thomas Loughren of the New York State Commission of Correction, Executive Deputy Commissioner Mike Green and Deputy Commissioner Mike Woods of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services; Superintendent Joseph D'Amico and Deputy Superintendent and Field Commander Colonel Patricia Groeber of the New York State Police. 

Some of the most valuable information came from presentations by current Sheriffs: Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley discussed Incarcerated Education Programs; Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha spoke about Ethics and Pitfalls to Avoid; Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace covered Practical Issues in Running a Sheriff's Office, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike gave an overview of Training Issues Facing New Sheriffs and discussed the Role of the Municipal Police Training Council; Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero spoke on Budgetary Procedures and the Fight Crime, Invest in Kids Program; Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts covered Social Media and the Office of Sheriff; and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple spoke on Traversing Politics and the Media.


A full session was devoted to Civil Office issues and we are grateful to Chief Ron Bill of the Broome County Sheriff's Office for presenting. Another session was devoted to jail issues and we are grateful to Broome County Jail Administrator Mark Smolinsky for presenting.

Remembering Former Wayne County Undersheriff Claire Van Haneghem

Former Undersheriff Clair Van Haneghem passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Wayne County Nursing Home. He was 89 years old. 


Undersheriff VanHaneghem started with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on May 1, 1953, having been appointed by Sheriff Earl G. Keckison as a deputy Sheriff. He later served as Undersheriff for five Sheriffs (Sheriffs Burns, Hurley, Kise, Byork and Pisciotti) during his 34 year career with the Sheriff's Office. Undersheriff Van Haneghem retired on January 4, 1987.


Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said "Our Sheriff's Office progressed to the professional law enforcement agency it is today from the leadership Undersheriff Van Haneghem instilled in many of the deputies he guided throughout his outstanding career."


Image left: This story reporting the late Undersheriff Van Haneghem's appointment as Undersheriff appeared in the June 18, 1964 edition of The Geneva Times. Click here to see the full page from The Geneva Times for that day.


Wyoming County Sheriff's Captain John Copeland Elected to North American Police Equestrian Council Board of Directors 
John F. Copeland, right, captain of the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office Mounted Unit, patrols at Buffalo Hill during the yearly Jam in the Valley event.

John F. Copeland, captain of the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office Mounted Unit, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the North American Police Equestrian Council (NAPEC). The board consists of nine members from around the US and Canada. The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office Mounted Unit has participated in the NAPEC events (Championship) since 2004. This election speaks to the professionalism of the unit. "To have an internationally recognized Mounted Unit here in Wyoming County is an asset to this office and Wyoming County." said Sheriff Greg Rudolph.


The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office Mounted Unit is an all volunteer non-for-profit corporation formed in 1973 by Sheriff Allen Capwell to render assistance to the Sheriff's Office or other public officials or entities. It relies on its membership, fundraising and donations to support its operations. 


We have to say job well done to Captain Copeland,

who retired as Undersheriff of Wyoming County in 2003 and has maintained his volunteer service to the Mounted Unit since. 


Livingston, Wayne & Yates County Sheriff's Office Basic Correction Officer Graduation

Livingston, Wayne and Yates County Offices of Sheriff recently held a Basic Correction Officer School Graduation Ceremony at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Lyons, New York.

Graduating Officers from the Livingston County Sheriff's Office were: Brittany L. Denby, Chad D. Eaton, Jason R. Hamilton, Ryan J. Rossborough, Cody T. Thomas, Kurt M. Uhl, and Anastassia M. Vasile.

From the Wayne County County Sheriff's Office: Brandon G. Burnett, Joseph S. Compton, Andrew T. Hems, and Andrew J. Pullin.

From the Yates County County Sheriff's Office: Edda F. Garcia-Martinez.

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Super Bowl XLIX Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign Materials Available from NHTSA
Super Bowl XLIX will take place on Sunday, February 1, 2015. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has put together a great media kit that you can use in the weeks leading up to the game. NHTSA's Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. 

There are Super Bowl Tips that can be sent out to local media as a Sheriff's Column. There are also social media messages that can be posted on Facebook or Tweeted. In addition, there are graphics suitable for a banner ad on a webpage or in a Facebook post. Go to to see all the campaign materials.

Remembering Livingston County MountedPatrol Equine "Twister"
 Deputy John Morgan and partner, Twister, (foreground) on a Mounted Patrol detail in the Village of Geneseo in December 2014. The detail consisted of crime prevention and community policing with the public.
Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty has informed us of the passing of the horse "Twister," a member of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office Mounted Patrol. Twister was 18 years old and originally from Tennessee. He served the Sheriff's Office faithfully for the last 13 years with his partner/rider, Deputy John Morgan. Together, they were involved in every mounted detail and countless fairs, parades and funerals. 

"Thank you Deputy Morgan for sharing Twister with us and our deepest condolences on your loss," said Sheriff Dougherty.  "Our thanks to Twister for his service to the Sheriff's Office and his service to the communities we serve. He will certainly be missed." We also extend our condolences to Deputy Morgan for your loss.


Genesee Community College Students among Statewide Recipients of NYSSAI Scholarships

Livingston County Undersheriff Matthew Bean, GCC Professor Barry Garigen, Scholarship Recipients Bailey Moag and Alicia Pritchard, and Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty.

Each year the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute awards $250.00 scholarships to deserving students enrolled in criminal justice related programs at each of the State's community colleges and at SUNY Canton.


This year students from three Genesee Community College campuses received the scholarships. In Livingston County, Alicia Pritchard from the Dansville Campus and Bailey Moag from the Lima Campus were presented with the scholarship by Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty at the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.


In Genesee County, Jessica Cherry from the Batavia Campus was presented with a scholarship by Sheriff Gary T. Maha at the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. 


Our congratulations to all recipients!


Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar Announces Corrections Division Promotion

Rensselaer County Undersheriff Pat Russo swears in newly promoted Correctional Sergeant Erica Terry at the Rensselaer County Jail. Congratulations!


Safety Tips/ Traffic Safety Initiatives:


Super Bowl XLIX 2015 Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign 

February 1, 2015

Sheriffs' Association and Institute
Programs 2015:

Sheriff's Annual

Winter Training Conference

Feb 22-25, 2015

The Desmond, Albany, NY

Basic Civil Schools

Phase 1 April 13-17

Phase 2 May 18-22

NYSSA Offices, Albany, NY


Victim Notification Conference

April 22

Holiday Inn Wolf Road, Albany, NY


Civil Supervisor Training Conference

May 11-13

Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY


Undersheriffs Training Conference

June 8-10

Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY

Sheriff's Annual

Summer Training Conference

July 13-17, 2015

Lake Placid, NY


Law Enforcement Supervisors 

Training Conference

September 14 - 16

Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY


Jail Administrators' Training Conference 

September 28 - October 1

Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY


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