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The New York State Sheriffs' Association
Volume 374

May 19, 2015

"The mystic cords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart...should swell into a mighty chorus of remembrance, gratitude and rededication on this solemn occasion."

 - Abraham Lincoln

Delaware County Sheriff's Office Awarded Reaccreditation of Law Enforcement Division
(l to r): Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond; Delaware County Sgt. Jody Proffitt, Accreditation Manager; Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills; Chief Michael Ranalli, Chairman of the Law Enforcement Accreditation Counsel; and Deputy Commissioner Michael Wood, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office has been awarded reaccreditation by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. The Sheriff's Office was awarded initial accreditation in 2010. "This is a significant accomplishment as we are being recognized for continuing to meet 133 professional standards of law enforcement excellence set forth by the NYS Law Enforcement Accreditation Program...a benchmark achieved by only 24% of law enforcement agencies in New York State," Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills said. "Having met the rigorous and demanding standards set forth by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office has achieved a level of professionalism designed to improve overall agency performance, effectiveness, and efficiency," Undersheriff Craig DuMond added. Congratulations to all involved!


Civil Supervisors Attend Training Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY 

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy discusses the use of body cameras and social media by sheriff's offices at last week's Civil Supervisor Training Conference in Saratoga Springs.

The New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute held its annual training conference for Civil Division Supervisors last week at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY. Fifty deputy sheriffs and civilian staff working in the civil law enforcement divisions from 38 sheriff's offices around the state attended the three-day training program. Attendees received an update on the Heroin Epidemic in New York by: Linda Sinclair, MD;  Albany County EMS Commander Brian Wood; Albany County Sheriff's Inspector William Riley; and Albany County Chief Deputy Kerry Thompson. Training programs included Broome County Sheriff's Chief Ron Bill presenting a number of Civil Case Scenarios; Erie County Sheriff's Chief (Ret.) Patrick Flynn covering real property sales review; Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy discussing the use of body cameras and social media by sheriff's offices; and Heather Pelletier of the NYS Comptroller's Office discussing retirement issues.


New York State Police Memorial Service
(l to r): Brother Gregory, Retired NY State Police Chaplain; Peter Kehoe, Executive Director, NYSSA; Thomas Mungeer, President, New York State Troopers PBA; and Kevin Gagan, NY State Police First Deputy Superintendent.
In observance of National Police Week, the Annual New York State Police Memorial Service was held last week at the State Police Academy in Albany. The 133 Troopers who have died in the line of duty since the inception of the State Police force in 1917 were memorialized and wreaths were placed in their honor. The Sheriffs' Association was represented at the event by Executive Director Kehoe. The Memorial Service was followed by the 39th Annual Superintendent's Commendation Awards program.


Wayne County Sheriff's Lieutenant Stephen Sklenar Receives the Carl Draxler Award

(l to r): Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, Lieutenant Stephen Sklenar, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, Chairman of the NYS Sheriffs' Institute Board of Directors.

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, Chairman of the NYS Sheriffs' Institute Board of Directors, presented the Carl Draxler Award to Wayne County Sheriff's Lieutenant Stephen Sklenar at the Wayne County Board of Supervisors meeting this week. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts nominated Lt. Sklenar for the prestigious award, which is given for exceptional career achievements and conscientious devotion to duty that demonstrates a spirit of selfless public service over the course of an entire career. The award is given in memory of the late Chemung County Sheriff Carl Draxler, who personified these qualities.


Lt. Stephen Sklenar began his law enforcement career with the Sodus police in 1973 and was appointed Deputy Sheriff in 1974 by former Sheriff Richard Kise. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1981. He was again promoted in 2007 to Lieutenant in charge of the Civil Division. "He has exhibited continuing dedication and commitment to excellence in all his responsibilities, and has adapted to the changing of technologies to help keep the Wayne County Sheriff's Office contemporary, professional, and efficient," Sheriff Virts said.


The accomplishments of Lt. Sklenar's 41-year career are too numerous to list here. Some highlights: Lt. Sklenar served on: the underwater search scuba team, the emergency response team (as commander), the crash management reconstruction team and the victim's resource volunteers. He is a certified instructor of firearms training and has served as a police instructor at the Finger Lakes area police academy for many years. Lt. Sklenar oversaw computerization of records and procurement of equipment processes for the WCSO. He served as quartermaster, website manager, and liaison to area and federal agencies including homeland security. Lt. Sklenar is also an avid historian, and has authored monographs.


The committee had several worthy candidates for the Draxler Award this year, but it was clear, given Lt. Skelnar's over 41 years of devotion to the citizens of Wayne County, along with his unswerving loyalty to all four sheriffs he has served under, that he truly is a selfless public servant worthy of recognition as the recipient of the NYS Sheriffs' Draxler Award," said Sheriff Spike.


Sheriffs' Association and Institute
Programs 2015:


Basic Civil Schools

Phase 2 May 18-22

NYSSA Offices, Albany, 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, Sar atoga Springs, NY