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Volume 408
November 22, 2017
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts Receives Re-Accreditation of 2 Divisions
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts received reaccreditation of his Civil and Court Security divisions from the Sheriffs' Association this week before the Wayne County Board of Supervisors.

Recognized for their extra efforts in guiding the agency through the civil reaccreditation process were Chief Deputy Stephen Sklenar, Lieutenant Matthew Ryndock, Deputy Paul Montemorano, Deputy Matt Carr, Senior Account Clerk Julianna Lake, and Senior Account Clerk Cindy Tyler.

With respect to the court security reaccreditation effort, Sheriff Virts gave special recognition to: Undersheriff Jeffrey Fosdick, Court Security Supervisor Dawn Pisciotti, and Lieutenant David Ambeau for their dedication to the reaccreditation effort.

Under Sheriff Virts' leadership, Wayne County also holds accreditation of the corrections division from the Sheriffs' Association and will receive accreditation of the Law Enforcement Division from the NYS Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council in December. Wayne County is one of 14 counties in New York to hold this number of accreditations. Well done!

Photo:  Front Row (l to r):  Court Security Officer Dawn Pisciotti, Lieutenant Matt Ryndock, Deputy Sheriff Paul Montemorano, Senior Account Clerk Cindy Tyler, Senior Account Clerk Julianna Lake, Court Security Officer Margaret Fischette. Back Row (l to r):  Sheriff Barry Virts, Court Security Officer Paul Orlopp, Court Security Officer Chad Dekdebrun, Court Security Officer Jonathan Butterfield, Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick, Chief Deputy Stephen Sklenar, Deputy Sheriff Matt Carr and Director of New York State Sheriff’s Association Peter Kehoe
Westchester County Jail Wins National Award for Inmate Mental Health Services
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that the county jail has received national recognition for its Community Oriented Re-Entry (CORE) program, which provides mental health services to inmates. Selected from more 500 jails, prisons and other correctional facilities nationwide, Westchester’s efforts won “Program of the Year” honors from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, a top accreditation group. The award was presented on November 6, in Chicago. We congratulate Mr. Astorino, Commissioner Kevin Cheverko and the entire staff for this important accomplishment, as well a for the recent PREA certification that they have received. Read more here.
Sheriffs in the News
Cortland County

Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms received a Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Chair Award at the Fall Highway Safety Conference in Niagara Falls. Pictured (left to right) are: GTSC Assistant Commissioner Chuck DeWeese, Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms, Lieutenant Karl Altmann, Chief of the Uniformed Patrol Division, and DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan.
Essex County

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting flies a blue line flag provided by the Fraternal Order of Police over the Sheriff's Office in honor of Sgt Eric P. Loiselle, who tragically lost his life in a traffic incident on August 17, 2005. The FOP provides flags for families of lost officers, asking that it be flown over the officer's home station before it is presented to the family.  (Photo:-Deputies Justin Bobbie and Robert Budwick receive flag from flag pole and prepare for folding.)
Saratoga County

An active shooter training session for civilians held by the Saratoga County Sheriffs' Office at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library was featured in a Wall Street Journal story: "What to Do in a Shooting? Americans Stream to Classes to Learn 'Run, Hide, Figtht.'" (photo: MIKE GROLL FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)
Albany, Rensselaer, & Saratoga

Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties, including their Sheriff Offices, received the Capital District Regional Planning Commission's Erastus Corning Achievement Award for Intermunicipal Cooperation for their interoperable 911 telecommunications, computer-aided dispatch and records management network. Read more here.
Register for NY Enhanced VINE/VINELink Webinar
The New York Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) service is going through exciting enhancements in 2017! These enhancements include changes to New York VINELink, the public web service for VINE.

New NY VINELink Webinar
Wednesday, November 29th at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Who Should Attend
  • State Program Managers and Staff
  • Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Victim Advocates

New NY VINEWatch and VINEWatch EOL Webinar
Thursday, November 30th at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Who Should Attend
  • State Program Manager and Agency Staff
  • Jail Administrators and Jail Staff 
  • Criminal Justice Professionals 
  • Victim Advocates 

Sheriffs' Winter Training Conference
84th Annual 
Sheriffs' Winter Conference

January 21 to 
January 24, 2018

Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany

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