Volume 404                                                                                                                      May 3, 2017
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News of the NYS Sheriffs' Association
Conferences & Training
Sheriffs' Summer Conference 2017

The 83rd Summer Training Conference will take place from Sunday, July 16 to Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the magnificently restored Marriott Downtown in Syracuse, NY. Read more here about the restoration. 

Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway and his Executive Assistant Kate Brassie have been working with us to plan a productive and enjoyable meeting, highlighting many of the spectacular features of their beautiful county! Conference sessions will address current topics of importance to sheriffs, including the opium epidemic, raise the age, and ICE detainers. We expect about 30 businesses from around the country to participate in a tradeshow at the conference. Registration for Exhibitors and Sheriffs is now open on our website. Please check back for hotel reservation materials, which will be available soon.

Phase One Basic Civil School a Success
The Sheriffs' Institute held a week-long Basic School for staff of Sheriffs' civil divisions in early April at the Albany County Courthouse. Almost 70 participants from Sheriffs' Offices around the State attended the intensive five-day program which provides participants with training in the latest advances in civil law enforcement and a forum to discuss current civil law enforcement issues and share best practices. Pictured is Association Counsel Tom Mitchell, who organized the training, conducting a session.
Remembering former Schoharie County Sheriff Harvey Stoddard
Flags at Schoharie County properties were at half-staff on Wednesday, April 26 to honor former Sheriff Harvey Stoddard, who passed away Wednesday morning after a long illness.
Harvey served for 20 years with the New York State Police. He  then served as Schoharie County Sheriff for 22 years, from 1974 to 1997. The public safety facility in the county bears his name. 

Sheriff Stoddard served as President of the Sheriffs’ Association during the year of our 50th Anniversary Celebration, in 1984. "Sheriff Stoddard was a consummate gentleman always and we extend sincere condolences to his family," said Executive Director Peter Kehoe. Click here to read a profile of Sheriff Stoddard from the Summer 1981 Issue of NYS Sheriff.

For those wishing to pay their respects to the family of Sheriff Harvey E. Stoddard, visiting hours will be held at The Langan Funeral Home of Main Street Schoharie on Thursday, May 4, 2017, between the hours of 5-7pm. Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond is asking that his office be advised of those planning to attend. Please call the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office Administration line at  (518) 295-2266. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stoddard family.
Sheriffs in the News
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo team up to Fight Opioid Abuse

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo were guests on the Spectrum News InFOCUS Albany program with host Solomon Syed, where they discussed the very important issues surrounding opioid and heroin abuse its negative impact on Capital Region families, schools, and communities. Two sheriffs working together to promote this message regionally is an effective strategy for fighting opioid abuse and keeping our communities safe. You can watch the segment here: http://fw.to/AAUtNQI Please help us spread the word by "liking" and "sharing" with your network. Photo (courtesy of InFocusAlbany): Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Solomon Syed.

Ontario County Sheriff's School Recource Officers Honored at School Assembly

The Naples Central School District recently honored School Resource Officers from the Ontairo County Sheriff's Office at a “Rally in the Valley” assembly.  Deputy Stephen Swarthout gave a K9 demonstration with his partner, Kelly.  Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero was in attendance and spoke about the important contributions this exceptional group of School Resource Officers has made. 

Photo (l to r): Ontario County School Resource Officers were honored at recent "Rally in the Valley" assembly at the Naples Central School District.

Two Off-Duty Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies Save a Man's Life

Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett recognized two of his Deputies for quick action and for going above and beyond the call of duty, presenting them with the Lifesaving Award at the Zone 14 Police Academy graduation earlier this month.

On Saturday April 1, K9 Deputy Heath Benansky and Deputy Jason Garvey were eating dinner off-duty at a restaurant in Chatham, NY when a man at a nearby table started choking on a hamburger. His wife attempted the Heimlich maneuver twice; however, the man was still unable to breathe. The deputies quickly took over and were able to dislodge the food and restore breathing.The Chatham Rescue Squad responded to the location, but the man did not require any further medical attention.

“I would like to personally thank Deputies Benansky and Garvey for their quick action attending to the man choking and saving his life," Sheriff Bartlett said.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Whitcomb names Eric Butler Undersheriff

Tapped by Cattaraugus County Sheriff Tim Whitcomb, Eric Butler was sworn in earlier this month as Cattaraugus County Undersheriff. He succeeded Robert Buchhardt, who retired.

Undersheriff Butler was hired in 2000 by former Sheriff Ernest Dustman as a sheriff’s deputy in 2000. He has since had assignments in every Sheriff’s Office division except the jail, including the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Tobacco Diversion project. In 2003, he was promoted to sergeant and made detective sergeant the following year. He served as captain of the Communications Division for the past several years, overseeing the $10 million emergency communications infrastructure and equipment project.

Please click this link to read more about this story: http://www.salamancapress.com/news/undersheriff-worked-up-through-the-ranks/article_cc88dd6a-237e-11e7-bac9-cb355c96c118.html


Westchester County Department of Correction First-in-State to Pass PREA Audit

In January 2017, the Westchester County Department of Correction became the first New York State jail to pass an audit by federal inspectors under the United States Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Congratulations to Commissioner Kevin Cheverko, Deputy Commissioner Justin Pruyne, Acting Dep Commissioner Leo Diaz, and all the corrections officers at Westchester for this significant accomplishment!

Under the guidance of Acting Deputy Commissioner Leo Diaz, and following a three-day inspection, Westchester was confirmed to  surpass  13 PREA standards and to meet 30 others. The lead auditor was Kim Collica, Ph. D., a criminal justice professor from Pace University. As noted in Ms. Collica’s report, Westchester hopes to “serve as a model to other [jails] trying to attain PREA accreditation.”

Look for sessions at our upcoming Sheriff's, Undersheriff's, and Jail Administrator's Conferences where the Westchester County Corrections team will share what they have learned about the PREA audit process. Click here to view the audit report.

Photo: Acting Deputy Commissioner Leandro Diaz (center) receives proclamation from Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino (right) for spearheading effort to achieve PREA compliance.  Commissioner Kevin Cheverko is on the left. 

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy  Earns Law Enforcement Accreditation

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy received Law Enforcement Accredited Agency status for another five years from the Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council (LEACC). The Washington County Sheriff's Law Enforcement division was reassessed in January and found to be in compliance with all of the standards as set by the State. Law Enforcement Agency Accredited status demonstrates that the Washington County Sheriff's Office is among the select few providing the best possible service to those that they protect. Washington County also holds Civil Accreditation from the Sheriffs' Association. Sheriff Murphy thanked Program Manager Lt. Jeffrey Tucker and Deputy Matt Jackson for their work to maintain this status. Congratulations to all! 

Photo (l to r):  SUNY Farmingdale Police Chief Marvin Fischer (LEAAC Chair), Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy, DCJS Commissioner Michael Green, Lt. Jeffrey Tucker and Deputy Matt Jackson.
Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco  Earns Corrections Re-Accreditation

Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco received recognition for the re-accreditation of his Corrections Division from the Sheriffs' Association last week. Rockland County is one of only 30 of the State's 62 counties to have qualified for corrections accreditation. Sheriff Falco and his Office have also obtained accreditation of their Civil and Law Enforcement divisions. At a special ceremony at the Rockland County Jail last week, Executive Director Peter Kehoe presented a plaque and recognized the hard work and dedication involved in this accomplishment. “To get accreditation, the agency has to show that it meets high standards; best practices established by experts in the field," Mr Kehoe said, congratulating Sheriff Falco and the men and women of the Rockland County Corrections Division for their accomplishment. Sheriff Falco thanked Captain Jill King, Sergeant John Anzenberger, and Officer Keith Price for their work to maintain this status. Congratulations!

Traffic Safety

GTSC Liaison Anthony D'Agostino Conducts Training Session

Sheriffs' Association Law Enforcement Liaison Anthony D'Agostino conducted a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) course in April at the East Glenville Fire Department in Schenectady County.  The 25 attendees were from local Sheriff's Offices, police departments, and fire companies. 

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple Speaks at ESLETS Conference 

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple gave welcoming remarks at the annual  Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) that took place on April 6th & 7th. Over 300 police officers of all ranks from around the state attended the conference, which is the only highway safety forum of its kind in NY. Photo by our GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison, Tony D'Agostino.
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