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Volume 403                                                                                                                      March 29, 2017
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News of the NYS Sheriffs' Association
Elder Abuse Advocate Philip Marshall will Deliver Keynote at Next Weeks' Conference on Victim Notification
Its not too late! Register for the 11th Annual Statewide Conference on Victim Notification today,
  • The Lead speaker is Philip Marshall, grandson of heiress Brooke Astor, elder abuse expert and advocate. Click here to view his profile. (Photo by Alec Marshall: Broke Astor and Philip Marshall at Holly Hill, her country house in Briarcliff, NY)
  • Click here to view the Preliminary Agenda for the event.
  • If you have not registerd yet, click here to complete the Registration Form. It is not too late!
  • The $55 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and a networking luncheon.
  • To reserve lodging at the Radisson Hotel Albany call 800-333-3333. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Pat Hughes at 518-434-9091, phughes@nysheriffs.org.
Sheriffs in the News
Seneca County School Resource Officer Frank Eldridge, First in NYS to DARE Online

Seneca County School Resource Officer Frank Eldridge broke new ground in the war on drugs recently when he brought an online DARE Course to the students of the Romulus Elementary Central.  “The whole school is on Chromebooks so between those and the Smart Boards the technology here is amazing,” Eldredge said.

Romulus is the first school statewide to teach the Drug Abuse Resistance Education course online. “I haven’t heard of anybody else in New York State doing it,” said Karen Simon, an educator with the state DARE Officers Association Training Team. 

Romulus CSD Superintendent Marty Rotz said it was School Resource Officer Frank Eldredge who heard about the online option at DARE training and initiated bringing it to Romulus. “We are proud [to be the first district] and we are proud of Frank,” said Rotz.

Click here to read full story in the Florida Times   

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts Appointed to NYS STOP-DWI Association Board 

The New York State STOP-DWI Association recently announced that Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts has been appointed the Western Region Chairperson for the NYS STOP-DWI Association Board of Directors. Sheriff Virts, who was first elected in 2010, was appointed Wayne County STOP-DWI Coordinator in 2013.

Currently Sheriff Virts also serves as 1st Vice President of the NYS Sheriffs’ Association. He has served on his local 911 Center Advisory Board, Action for Racial Equality, Fire Police Association Liaison and the Domestic Violence and Victims’ Services Committee.

"We welcome Sheriff Virts to our board and are confident that his wealth of experience will be an asset to the mission and goals of the NYS STOP-DWI Program - to prevent the senseless injuries and fatalities that occur due to this crime," said Christina Hale, NYS DARE Association Chairperson.
Legislative Advocacy Update
Our Executive Director Peter Kehoe and Associate Counsel Alex Wilson have been making the rounds of the State Capital with representatives of the NYS District Attorneys’ Association and the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police for the last few days to make known our shared concerns about criminal justice-related items in the Governor’s budget, which is slated for adoption later this week. One of the major issues is the Governor’s proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. The three law enforcement Associations have concerns that the “raise the age” proposal will hamper them from intervening early in a young defendant’s life…before it becomes a life of crime. The Sheriffs’ Association is also concerned about the expensive and unfunded mandate this change would impose upon County Sheriffs and county probation operations.
Remembering Former Oswego County Sheriff and NYS Assemblyman Ray Chesbro
Former Oswego County Sheriff and NYS Assemblyman Ray T. Chesbro passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the age of 91. 

Ray was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Oswego County on November 15, 1953 and was promoted to Criminal Investigator and later to Lieutenant before he was appointed Sheriff in 1973, by then Governor Nelson Rockefeller. He was elected to a three-year term as Sheriff in 1974 and retired in 1977.  In 1980 Ray was elected to the NYS Assembly, and was re-elected in 1982, 1984, 1986, and again in 1988.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pennellville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 205, Pennellville, New York 13132 or Phoenix Food Pantry, 43 Bridge Street, Phoenix, New York 13135 in Sheriff Chesbro’s memory.
Dutchess County Sheriff's Office Celebrates 300th Anniversary

Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson is pleased to announce that 2017 is the 300th Anniversary of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. The momentous milestone will be marked by celebrations and commemorations throughout the year. There have been 73 Dutchess County Sheriffs since the office was formed in 1717. The first was Sheriff Corneles Van DenBogart, who served from 1717-1721; the 73rd is Sheriff Anderson who took office in January 2000. The Sheriff’s Office has come a long way from its modest beginnings in 1717 to the full-service law enforcement agency it is today, and Sheriff Anderson looks forward to highlighting that extensive history as part of the 300th Anniversary celebration this year.

Broome County K-9 Unit Receives Donation

Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder shared the great news that two of his K-9 crime fighters are equipped with new protective vests thanks to generous donations from members of the community.

Mark and Sarah Couchman and Gary and Patricia Simmons pitched in over $1,000 for new protective vests that will make sure the Broome County Sheriff's K-9 units stay safe on the job. The Broome County Sheriff currently has two K-9 units and plans to add a third one soon.

"We know that they use dogs and we wanted to make sure that they are protected and safe," said Mark Couchman. 

"They're not just a tool, they're our partners," says Sheriff's Deputy Will Andres, "We want to make sure that they're taken care of so they can provide service to us and the community." The new equipment is bullet and stab proof and is light-weight for easy maneuvering.

Cattaraugus County Undersheriff Robert Buchhardt Announces Plans to Retire

Cattaraugus County Undersheriff Robert Buchhardt has retirement in his sights. Undersheriff Buchhardt has served over 37 yeas with the Sheriff's Office, including more than 20 years as head of the Sheriff’s Road Patrol and the past 18 months as Undersheriff.

He started working as a part-time deputy in 1973. “In 1980, Sheriff Charlie Hill asked me if I wanted to come work for him,” he recalled. “I said yes. I had to take a pay cut, but it was always something I wanted to do.” He was appointed as a full time deputy on March 25, 1980 and was subsequently promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant of the Road Patrol, and Captain before becoming acting-Undersheriff, and then Undersheriff.

Undersheriff Buchhardt served under six sheriffs: Charlie Hill, John Kalamanka, Ernest Dustman, Jerry Burrell, Dennis John, and current Sheriff Tim Whitcomb.

We wish him best of luck in his retirement!

Traffic Safety News

GTSC 2018 Grant Program Information Now Available

The GTSC 2018 Grant Program information is now available. Click here to view the Grant Program Call Letter

Grants are available in 3 categories: 

Child Passenger Safety (CPS) - These grants will continue to support the educational activities of child passenger safety programs through the four different initiatives or schedules: fitting stations, training and education programs, child passenger safety check events and car seat distribution programs for low income families. 

Police Traffic Services (PTS) - The Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant program will provide funding to law enforcement agencies to conduct traffic enforcement. In addition to having a current mandatory seat belt use policy in place for police officers of the department, participation in the national Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization is required. 

General Highway Safety Grants - The highway safety grant application for local, state and not-for-profit agencies is available to address a particular highway safety problem in their jurisdiction. This proposal requires applicants to submit a narrative outline of the problem with supporting data, details of the proposed activities with milestones and an evaluation plan. 

Applications are due May 1, 2017. 

Please contact Tony D'Agostino, your GTSC Highway Safety Program Representative, at (518) 474-5111 if you have any questions.

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