Sheriff Allard provides a public report of the departments work and accomplishments
It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. January saw a foot of snow dropping on our county and brought arctic air for the majority of the month. Ice fishing is in full swing on our lakes and waterways and many are enjoying snowmobiling and skiing as we ready for our first February snowstorm.
January was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with five death investigations, eight assault investigations, a robbery investigation, three burglary investigations, one animal cruelty investigation, three stolen vehicle investigations, nine larceny investigations, four drug investigations, one school threat investigation and a welfare fraud case. Our Patrol Division was tasked with many domestic incident investigations, fifteen DWI/DWAI investigations and arrests, forty three crash investigations and they assisted another agency with a barricaded subject. Deputies recovered a stolen pistol and a large amount of suspected methamphetamine in a vehicle stop and also conducted a high risk vehicle stop to recover an alleged stolen dump-truck and arrest those allegedly responsible.
Investigators Ellison and Payne began attending the 105 hour NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Course in Police Supervision hosted by SUNY Alfred and held at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Allard, Undersheriff McNelis and Lieutenant Logsdon have been assisting in instructing this course.
Our Office was again blessed with the partnership and assistance provided by our Volunteer Fire Services, local Police Departments, Emergency Management Office, New York State Police and the Finger Lakes SPCA and Hornell Humane Society.
Sheriff Allard attended the New York State Sheriff’s Association Conference in Albany. Sheriff Allard received instruction in legal updates, school safety and threat assessment, upcoming initiatives by DCJS, a briefing by the Superintendent of the New York State Police, a briefing by the Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the FBI, and upcoming potential legislation. Undersheriff McNelis was given special recognition at the conference as the Chair of the Sheriff’s Association School Resource group, CPASS. This group was created to provide specialized training and resources to all School Resource Officers and Deputies in New York State. Currently, in year one, the group has a membership of over 300 officers and deputies and continues to grow. Undersheriff McNelis has worked diligently with other Sheriff’s Offices across the state to ensure that New York State SROs continue to receive cutting edge training to keep our children safe.
In January, Sheriff Allard and Undersheriff McNelis presented regional training to area Police Chiefs and Supervisors on legal updates enacted by New York State involving the Principled Policing Act of 2021, the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigation Office and the Safe Homes and Families Act.
In the jail, we continue to implement the medically assisted treatment program for those suffering from opioid substance use disorder. In January we experienced another outbreak of Covid in the jail, involving both inmates and officers. Thanks to the vigilance of our medical provider, PrimeCare, the response was once again proactive and swift and we are on the down cycle for infections. To date we have experienced no hospitalizations due to these infections.
We continue to pray for those who have lost family members due to the pandemic.
Thank you for supporting the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office in these challenging times and stay safe!
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard
Calls for Service: 1,697
Area Patrols: 76
Stop and Talk 28
DWI/DWAI Arrests 15
EMT Responses 25
Vehicle Crashes 43
Property Damage only 35
Personal Injury 8
By Gender: Male: 55
Juvenile (unclassified) 1
By Race/Ethnicity: Black: 3 (male)
Hispanic: 2 (male)
Asian 1 (male)
Native Am 2 (1 male, 1 female)
Use of Force: 1
Type: Soft Hand Technique
By Race/Gender: White Male