Volume 416
July 30, 2020
Upcoming Events | Save the Dates
Rescheduled Summer Conference
Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs, New York
September 14-16, 2020

Law Enforcement Summit
Joint Meeting of New York’s Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police
Saratoga Springs, NY (exact location to be announced)
October 28-29, 2020
Law Enforcement Supervisors' Training Conference

Originally Scheduled for September 8-10, 2020

Jail Administrators' Training Conference

Originally Scheduled for September 21-24, 2020

Our 86th Annual Sheriffs’ Summer Training Conference has become, instead, our first Sheriffs’ Fall Training Conference , due to the COVID-19 disruptions. 

This will be the first opportunity for Sheriffs to gather face-to face since the pandemic began, and there are A LOT of things to discuss. We hope all Sheriffs will consider attending the conference, which will convene on Monday afternoon with a meeting and dinner, continue with meetings all day Tuesday, and conclude after lunch on Wednesday. 

Appropriate health and safety measures will be in place. There will be limited social activity, no exhibitors and few, if any, outside speakers. Sheriffs have indicated they would like time for discussions among themselves of the many issues facing policing in New York and the country today.

The Law Enforcement Summit for all Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police in New York is set for October 28 and 29, 2020. A joint planning committee which includes Sheriffs Murphy, Dumond and Spike is working on securing a location in the Saratoga Springs area. The plan is for a Wednesday afternoon arrival with a networking event in the evening and then a full day of meetings on Thursday, to share ideas on improving policing and improving police/community relations in New York. All Sheriffs are invited. More details will be forthcoming soon.

After earnest efforts to salvage the Law Enforcement Supervisors Conference and the Jail Administrators Conference , both scheduled for September, we reluctantly decided to cancel both. The decision was forced by the ongoing uncertainty regarding state mandates related to large assemblies of people, and county-level impediments to travel for training during the COVID crises. Sheriffs’ Association staff are working on alternative training options for these two groups, to try to fill the void somewhat.
Fulton County Sheriff Giardino Speaks on National TV News Show
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino (left) appears on the
Fox News Network July 16, 2020.
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino appeared on the Fox News Network Thursday morning, July 16, with a pro-police message, discussing policing issues impacting America, New York State and New York City. He even caught the attention of the White House staff during the seven-minute segment of the broadcast, as they liked his message decrying the disrespect police are experiencing nationwide.

Appearing remotely from the Sheriff’s headquarters in Johnstown, Giordino spoke on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” show with Sandra Smith. The Sheriff pointed out that, too often, the response of elected officials and others to the current unrest and turmoil has been to not speak out strongly in support of law and order.

“We have to do better as law enforcement to educate the public,” Giardino said. “The numbers of incidents that go sideways is very small.”

Suffolk County Sheriff Toulon Blasts Bill Proposing Peace Officers Forego Firearms
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Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr., wrote a letter urging lawmakers to reject
legislation that would prevent peace officers from carrying firearms.
Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr., voiced strong opposition to new legislation proposed in the New York State Assembly that would prevent peace officers from carrying firearms.

Toulon sent letters to all members of Long Island's State Assembly and Senate delegations urging them to reject the legislation, which was introduced on July 9 by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal
(D 67th District).

Assembly Bill A10755 would amend the Criminal Procedure Law and the Penal Law to prohibit peace officers from carrying firearms. The bill would "severely interfere with local law enforcement's ability to protect public safety and could have serious personal safety consequences for correction officers, as well as probation and parole officers, among others," Toulon noted.

Toulon further stated, "As with other issues facing our county, our state, and our nation, I believe in a commonsense approach to law enforcement."
Sheriffs' Association Supports Initiative
Synthetic DNA Tagging System Helps Deter Criminal Activity
Earlier this year, NYSSA announced its support of a statewide crime-suppression initiative.
SelectaDNA is a product that uses synthetic DNA to mark valuable goods and the criminals attempting to make away with them.
“[This] Technology . . . enhances our ability to prevent crime and aids the outcomes of criminal investigations, especially those involving violent crime and theft,” says Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting, chairman of NYSSA’s executive committee.

“It’s as specific as your fingerprints,” Sheriff Cutting added, pointing out that, for instance, if a business was experiencing a lot of snatch-and-grab incidents, the business could deploy SelectaDNA at the building exits and later be able to identify with certainty both the property that was stolen and the individual who stole it.
In Europe, where SelectaDNA has been more widely deployed, it has been shown to be effective against robberies, burglaries and unauthorized access. Reductions in crime of 40% to 86% have been reported when it has been used in conjunction with posters and other materials informing would-be perpetrators of its presence.
Celebrate New York State Sheriffs' Week September 20-26, 2020
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Annually during the second full week after Labor Day, the Sheriffs of New York celebrate Sheriffs' Week as an occasion to highlight the historical and contemporary importance of the Office of Sheriff to the citizens of New York. Most Sheriffs’ Offices hold special events and demonstrations in their communities during the week, although that will be more challenging this year due to the COVID pandemic. 

Starting with Governor George Pataki in his first year of office, every Governor has issued a Gubernatorial Proclamation of Sheriffs' Week, recognizing the special significance of the Office of Sheriff in the history of our State. Also, this year the New York State Senate has passed a resolution recognizing September 20-26, 2020 as Sheriffs' week throughout New York State.

Additional information on events and activities during Sheriffs' Week 2020 will be shared as they are brought to our attention.
NYSSA on Display at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb came across a piece of Sheriffs' Association and music history during his recent visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

Sheriff Whitcomb texted us: "Levon Helm’s (The Band) mandolin case from Woodstock. From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Note the bumper sticker."

The Sheriffs’ Association has been producing these familiar red bumper stickers, with slight variations, for distribution by Sheriffs’ Offices for more than 50 years. Millions of the pro-Sheriff messages have been circulated throughout the state, and apparently at least as far west as Ohio.
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Professional Milestones
Erie County Undersheriff Wipperman to Retire
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Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman will retire following a nearly 30-year career, including a decade as Undersheriff. His retirement will take effect August 7.

Undersheriff Wipperman began his career as a Chautauqua County Deputy. He later transferred to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Police Department and then to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, where he served as a road patrol deputy, sergeant, PBA president and chief of the professional standards division, before becoming Undersheriff.
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