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Volume 396                                                                                                               October 24, 2016
File 25
News of the NYS Sheriffs' Association
Association President attends NYS Police Graduation
Association President Sheriff Chris Farber and Executive Director Peter Kehoe represented New York's Sheriffs at the graduation ceremony last week of the newest class of New York State Troopers. During the pre-graduation reception they had the opportunity to talk about issues of common interest with law enforcement leaders from New York and adjoining states. Numerous changes in the State Police brass were discussed.  Patty Groeber has stepped down from the position of First Deputy Superintendent, although she retains her rank of Colonel. Patty has always had a good relationship with our Association and she says she is not certain what her next assignment in the DSP will be. Chris Fiore, a 27-year veteran of the State Police, is the new First Deputy Superintendent. He previously served in K, L and T Troops; at the State Police Academy; and most recently as a Major in Emergency Management / Special Operations. Also, Colonel Steve Cumoletti, announced that he will be retiring from the Division at the beginning of the new year. The association has had a good working relationship with Colonel Cumoletti for many years. 

Photo (l to r): Association President Chris Farber, Herkimer County Sheriff and NYS Police Superintendent George Beach II.
Photo (l to r): Association President Chris Farber, Herkimer County Sheriff and former NYS Police Superintendent Joe D'Amico.
Rochester/Monroe Emergency Communication Department Receives PSAP Re-Accreditation
Photo (l to r): Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, Training and Accreditation Office Supervisor Chris Martin, Deputy Director Stephen Cusenz, Accreditation Manager Damaris Rivera, Executive Director Peter Kehoe, and Rochester Emergency Communications Department John Merklinger.  

Director John M. Merklinger of the Rochester Emergency Communications Department was pleased to accept PSAP Re-Accreditation from Executive Director Peter Kehoe during their 30th Anniversary Celebration in September at the Monroe County 911 Center. Director Merklinger was joined by Damaris Rivera, Accreditation Manager, Christopher Martin who oversees the Law Enforcement Accreditation team, Deputy Director Stephen Cusenz and  Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn. Sheriff O'Flynn, who chairs the 911 Board was recognized for his leadership in emergency communications for Rochester and Monroe County. County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, and Kate Holman, who is NYSAC's liaison for public safety, presented certificates of recognition to the center and its staff.

The team is also on track to receive their sixth award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in November. They received near perfect assessments from both groups this summer and look forward to continuing this high level of service to the citizens of Monroe County. Well done team!

Broome County Receives Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation from NYS LEAC

At the September Meeting of the Law Enforcement Accreditation Council, Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder received re-accreditation of the law enforcement division. Sheriff Harder accepted the Certificate of Accreditation. The John Kimball O’Neil Certificate of Achievement was awarded to Broome County Captain Kathleen Newcomb. The Broome County Sheriff's Office also holds Corrections and Civil Accreditations from the Sheriffs' Association. The jail is also accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Well done!

Photo (l to r): Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha,  Lieutenant Benjamin Harting, Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder, Captain Kathleen Newcomb, and DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael Green.
Photo (l to r): Lt. Rich Telford, Sgt. Jon Desnerck, Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace, Undersheriff Chuck Holder, Lt. Lori Holder, NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe, and Lt. Timothy Kindberg 
Chautauqua County Receives Re-Accreditation of Civil & Court Security Divisions

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace was recognized before the County Legislature in September along with members of his staff for their efforts in earning re-accreditation of the Civil and Court Security Divisions. Executive Director Peter Kehoe praised Undersheriff Chuck Holder; Lt. Tim Kindberg for his work with the Civil Division re-accreditation and Lt. Rich Telford, Lt. Lori Holder and Sgt. Jon Desnerck for the extra time and effort they devoted to re-accreditation of the Court Security Division. Sheriff Gerace’s office holds all four accreditations offered by the Sheriffs' Association (the other two being corrections and emergency communications) and accreditation of the Law Enforcement  division from the NYS LEAC. Congratulations!

Save the Date
The NYS Sheriffs' Association's 83rd Annual Winter Training Conference will take place January 23 - 26, 2017 at The Desmond in Albany, NY. Save the date! More details to follow!  
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