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By Douglas Sciorra

Sheriff Jim Allard’s May Newsletter

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Steuben County Sheriff details work in April, welcomes two new officers

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. The fields are now green as flowers peek up through the earth and buds begin to be visible on our trees. Tyrtle Beach conducted yet another successful fund raising effort for central Steuben area youth. Docks and boaters have returned to our lakes and waterways as we prepare for another busy boating season.

April was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with five death investigations, five assault investigations, six burglary investigations, one animal abuse investigation, three stolen vehicle investigations, six larceny investigations, six drug investigations, eight harassment investigations, one fire investigation, three sex offense investigations, one rape investigation, one defaced firearm possession investigation and seven endangering a child investigations. We saw an increase in domestic violence cases with several arrests of unlawful imprisonment, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Our Patrol Division was tasked with multiple domestic incident investigations along with crash investigations and completed ten DWI/DWAI investigations and arrests.

Czyz and Brass

We welcomed two new School Resource Officers to our team. Deputy Joshua Czyz joined the Sheriff’s Office after over twenty years as a New York City Police Department Officer and Deputy Brian Brass joins the team after twenty years as a New York State Trooper. Deputy Czyz (pronounced chizz) will be providing safety and security services to the Corning Painted Post High School with Deputy Hill and Deputy Brass will be providing safety and security services to Winfield and Erwin Valley Elementary Schools in the Corning Painted Post School District. Thank you both for your continued service and commitment to the citizens of Steuben County!

School Resource Deputy Joe Stremel of the Hammondsport district received a surprise honor in April. As the Hammondsport chapter of the National Honor Society tapped new potential members for inclusion in their chapter, Deputy Stremel was tapped as an honorary member. Deputy Stremel was surprised and humbled by their acceptance of him.

Investigators Chris Kennedy and Brandon Brown, Sergeant Brandon Scott, Corporal Andrew Hawk, Deputies Tom Nybeck and K9 Twiggy, Deputy Robert Shepherd and Deputy Sheena Schafer were recognized by the American Red Cross as “Real Heroes” for their life saving actions in the performance of their duties.

EMSTAR provided EMT training to all of our current EMTS, adding two new pieces of equipment for use, a Puls-oxymeter to simultaneously measure pulse rate and oxygen level, and a Glucometer, to measure blood sugar levels.

Deputy Swarthout and K9 Mac attended a week long training conference provided by the NYS Department of Homeland Security for nitrate K9 teams. Corporal Joshua Day provided training to our deputies in the topic of de-escalation and Corporal Andrew Hawk provided training to our deputies in the topic of evidence collection. Deputy Wood attended the NYS Tactical Officer Association conference and received training for our SWAT team.

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. We are also thankful for our Corrections Officers.

2022 has been a difficult year for recruitment and retention in our jail facility, as it has been across the state. We are ever blessed to have such true and dedicated professionals helping to keep Steuben County safe.

Sheriff Allard attended the Savona Volunteer Fire Department Banquet and awarded Chief Whitmore with a proclamation of outstanding public safety services due to their continued services provided to the residents of Steuben County and for their help and aid in the Wineglass Marathon. Lieutenant Logsdon attended the Arkport Volunteer Fire Banquet and awarded a proclamation of outstanding public safety services due to their continued services provided to the residents of Steuben County To all of our volunteer emergency service providers, thank you for your service!

We continue to pray for those who have lost family members due to the pandemic and for all Ukrainians suffering under Russian aggression.

Thank you for supporting the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office in these challenging times and stay safe!

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard


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