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Monthly Report from Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard

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A busy month of crime fighting and a successful Sheriff’s Summer Camp on Keuka Lake

From Sheriff Allard:

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. Blue skies and green fields greet us throughout the county, the corn is high and first cutting of hay is in. Our lakes and rivers are a constant source of enjoyment for all. As we move through summer we continue to be blessed to live and work in the most beautiful county in New York State.

July was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with five death investigations, four assault investigations, five burglary investigations, two robbery investigations, one animal abuse investigation, seven grand larceny investigations, six larceny investigations, two drug investigations, two child endangerment investigations, six harassment investigations, seven fire investigations, six criminal mischief investigations, six criminal contempt investigations and one fraud investigation. Our Patrol Division was tasked with multiple domestic incident investigations along with crash investigations, and mental health detainments. We saw a marked increase in burglary and larceny cases of four wheelers and trailers over the previous months.

In July we sent seventeen youths to the Sheriff’s Summer Camp on Keuka Lake. The Summer Camp hosts children from across the state and focuses on outdoor and water activities as well as helping to build self-esteem and positive behaviors. These children attend with no cost to their families and all came back enthused, energetic and thankful. Sheriff Allard attended the Keuka Lake Association summer meeting along with Sheriff Spike from Yates County. Your Sheriff’s Office hosted a “Below 100” class for the Alfred State Police Academy, instructed by Corporal Hawk. This class teaches appropriate decision making to emergency response drivers. Deputy Warriner taught Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (CRASE) to members of a local provider for the developmentally disabled. Undersheriff McNelis taught at the NYS School Resource Officer Course as well as at the Alfred State Police Academy. Sheriff Allard taught both Principled Policing and Ethics at the Alfred Academy and attended the New York State Sheriff’s Association Conference. Presentations from the Superintendent of the New York State Police, the Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Commanding General of Fort Drum were enlightening. Most conversations centered around the challenges of recruitment and retention of law enforcement officers, changes to NYS law regarding pistol permits and emergency orders of protection.

In July we also hosted another pistol permit class. All pistol permit applicants prior to September 1, 2022, fall under the current licensing provisions. However, any applicant after September 1, 2022 will fall under the recently passed provisions for pistol permit issuance. We are in contact with NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to make sure that we are ready for the new training and certification mandates. We have submitted a draft curriculum for the new training requirements to DCJS and are awaiting a response. We will continue to monitor and assess this rapidly developing situation.

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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