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Volume 392                                                                                                                         June 13, 2016
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Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts shares coverage of Offender Watch program which al lows you to input places your children go and receive a notification if a registered sex offender moves near there.  Click here to view full article.
Training Conferences
Photo: Saratoga County Assistant County Attorney Robert Wilcox discusses legal procedures regarding service of civil orders at the Civil Supervisor Training Conference last month in Saratoga Springs.

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 Civil Supervisors Training Conference last month. Attendees received an update on CPLR 2015 amendments and in-depth presentations on civil case scenarios; eviction service confrontation; working with your County Attorney on civil matters and the collection law counsel’s perspective on Sheriffs’ Civil Divisions.

Photo: Oneida County Undersheriff Rob Swenszkowski discusses the IACP Leadership Training Program at the Undersheriffs' Training Conference last week in Saratoga Springs.

Forty Undersheriffs from across New York State, attended a three-day Undersheriffs Training Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY last week.  Some topics covered during the three-day program included: The International Association of Chiefs of Police leadership training program; Legislative Issues including “Raise the Age” Proposals; Officer Involved Shootings; Recruiting for Law Enforcement Officers; Jail Operations; NYS Pistol Permit Programs; as well as the Collection of DWI Fines and Fees.
Niagara County Sheriff's Office Receives Re-Accreditations at May Meeting of County Legislature
Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour was honored before  his  County Legislature at the May meeting  on the occasion of  re-accreditation of the  Sheriff’s  Communication Division . Sheriff Voutour and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office also hold accreditation of  their  civil  office,  corrections division, and law enforcement division, as well as state and federal-level accreditation of the forensic lab oratory  operated by the Sheriff's Office. 

NYSSA  Executive Director Peter Kehoe praised the Sheriff and his diligent staff for their professional accomplishments and presented Sheriff Voutour with  an  accreditation plaque  commemorating the occasion.  He also recognized the extra efforts of Niagara County  Senior Dispatcher Matt Swierczek. Nice work!
Photo (l to r): 911 Director Marc Kasprzak; Matt Swierczek; Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filcetti, Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour; Executive Director Peter Kehoe.
  Photo (l to r): Captain Patrick Weidel; Undersheriff Michael Filcetti; Sheriff Jim Voutour; Chief Deputy, Uniform Operations, Steven Preisch; Chief Deputy, Administrative, Michael Dunn;  and Executive Director Peter Kehoe.  
Steuben County Sheriff's Office Receives Re-Accreditations at May Meeting of County Legislature

Steuben County Sheriff David Cole was recognized before the County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee in May along with two members of his staff for their efforts in the earning re-accreditation of the Civil Division and Court Security divisions. Sgt. Matt Sorge was recognized for ensuring the department’s Civil Division met the extensive 121 standards used for re-accreditation by the state Sheriffs Association, according to association Executive Director Peter Kehoe. Cpl. Patricia Clarkson received recognition for her efforts in determining the 39 standards set by the association for the department’s Court Security Division were met, Kehoe told the committee. “Re-accreditation is not just about ‘bragging rights,’” Kehoe said. “It improves operation and efficiency and the morale of those in the department. It also improves the public perception and public confidence in the departments.” The Sheriff’s Civil Division received accreditation in 2008 and the Court Security Division in 2010. “Professionalism is achieved through the establishment of sound policy, procedure and regulations,” Sheriff Cole said. “This re-accreditation confirms the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office commitment to professionalism." Congratulations!

Photo (l to r): Steuben County Sherif David Cole, Sgt. Matt Sorge, Cpl. Patricia Clarkson, and Executive Director Peter Kehoe.
Sheriffs Meetings

Photo (credit: Dominick Marcherone, DMV): Sheriffs, State Police, and Chiefs of Police Gather in Rotterdam for successful coordination meeting.

One of the periodic gatherings of the leaders of the New York State Police, the NYS Chiefs of Police Association and the NYS Sheriffs’ Association was hosted in Schenectady recently by the Chiefs’ Association. Attending on behalf of the Sheriffs' Association were NYSSA President Chris Farber, Executive Committee Chair Gary Maha, Executive Committee Members Bud York and Ernie Cutting, Sheriffs Institute Treasurer Phil Povero, NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe, Counsel Tom Mitchell and Associate Counsel Alex Wilson. The joint meetings were initiated by the Sheriffs Association many years ago, as a vehicle for discussing issues of mutual concern among the three organizations and resolving face-to-face any problems that might arise between them. The meeting was positive and resulted in the exchange of a great deal of information on myriad law enforcement matters. The Sheriffs Association was asked to host the next meeting which will be scheduled for the Fall of 2016.

Photo:  Onboard the ATHABASKAN: ( l to r ) Rear Admiral Jack C. Scorby, Jr.,  US Navy Commander; Herkimer County Sheriff Chris Farber, NYSSA President; Commander Jean Couillard, Commanding Officer, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship ATHABASKAN; and Peter Kehoe, NYSSA Executive Director

NYSSA President Sheriff Chris Farber and Executive Director Peter Kehoe were guests at a luncheon onboard a Royal Canadian Navy Flagship, the HMCS Athabaskan, in the New York Harbor last week. The invitation came from Ed Yoshiyama, Liaison Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, attached to the Canadian Consulate General in New York City.  Many Sheriffs met officer Yoshiyama when he visited several counties around New York State last year to explain his role, and offer his help,  as the  liaison between Canadian law enforcement entities and American law enforcement officers having criminal case dealings in Canada. The luncheon was held in conjunction with Fleet Week in New York City, and celebrated the longstanding close working relationship between American and Canadian military and law enforcement officers.

Police Officer of the Year Selection Committee
The selection committee for the Governor’s 2015 Police Officer of the Year met in Albany recently to review 10 nominations of police officers for outstanding acts of bravery performed in the line of duty last year. Some of the nominations involved two officers involved in the same incident, and a total of 14 officers were nominated including three Deputy Sheriffs. Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard nominated Deputy Sheriff Ben Pisa for his calm and heroic efforts in saving the life of a man severely injured when run over by a tractor and brush hog. Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower nominated Deputy James DeFilipps for his bravery in responding to a domestic violence call when, after having been shot twice, he continued to hold his ground and return fire until he was finally able to end the threat to himself, the other responding officers and the community. Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour nominated Deputy Sheriff Joey Tortorella for his brave actions in responding to a 911 hang-up call. Immediately after his arrival at the scene, gunfire erupted and Deputy Tortorella was struck in his vest. Deputy Tortorella, while continuing to exchange gunfire with the subject, was able to calmly take steps to protect an elementary school that was in close proximity to the activity. The subject eventually killed himself after severely injuring his own parents, but the actions of Deputy Tortorella undoubtedly saved the parents’ lives, and may have averted a great tragedy at the elementary school. Deputy Tortorella received the Deputy of the Year Award from the NYS Sheriffs' Institute in January and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Valor by President Obama at a White House Ceremony last month. The selection committee agreed that this year there was an exceptional group of nominees and had a difficult time differentiating between the many worthy officers. Governor Cuomo will announce his Police Officer of the Year selection sometime in the near future, and all nominees will receive official recognition of their meritorious service. NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe represented the Association on the committee.

Among those participating on the Police Officer of the Year award committee were Johanna Sullivan, Director DCJS Office of Public Safety; Margaret Ryan, Executive Director of the NYS Chiefs of Police; Michael Woods, Deputy Commissioner, DCJS; and Peter Kehoe, NYSSA Executive Director.

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