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By Douglas Sciorra

October Newsletter from Steuben County Sheriff James Allard

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Pictured are Deputy Nadjadi and Diane White with “The Quilt of Honor”

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. Frost was on the hills this morning, a sure indication of Fall knocking on our door and a promise of cold weather and beautiful foliage to come. The Wineglass Marathon completed another successful showing with a new record set of two hours and seventeen minutes. Over two thousand volunteers and emergency responders come together each year to make this race a true “Steuben County Event” and a top ten “must do” marathon internationally.

September was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with two death investigations, four assault investigations, five burglary investigations, one robbery investigation, four animal abuse investigations, six grand larceny investigations, seven larceny investigations, one drug investigation, seven harassment investigations, three menacing investigations, ten criminal mischief investigations, one criminal contempt investigation, two stalking investigations and one terroristic threat 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 impaired and intoxicated arrests and crashes.

In September the Sheriff’s Office hosted the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course with attendees from across New York State. Undersheriff McNelis, Lieutenants Logsdon and Harrison as well as Corporal Hawk attended this week long training focused on leadership and agency development. Sheriff Allard attended the Governors Highway Safety Conference and learned new and interactive ways to train new and novice drivers. Your Sheriff’s Office hosted a RADAR/LIDAR class for the Alfred State Police Academy, instructed by Deputy Nybeck. Corporal Day, Deputy VanSkiver and Deputy Warriner taught Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (CRASE), de-escalation and site security to a class of Steuben County residents at Haverling High School.

Investigator Brown and Deputy VanSkiver also taught the first eight hours of the new sixteen hour pistol permit safety course, the remaining eight to be taught in October.

In September Sheriff Allard and Lieutenant Mills conducted another employee recognition luncheon, cooking and serving sausage, peppers and onions to all employees in the Office. County Manager Wheeler and Public Health Director Smith visited and awarded honor coins to recognize the efforts of the deputies and officers who supported the county Covid-19 mission.

In September, Deputy Nadjadi was honored to be presented a “Quilt of Valor” by Diane White. This quilt had originally been presented to Ms. White’s late father, Victor Campbell, a World War II veteran and it was Ms. White’s wish to pass it forward to another veteran. Deputy Nadjadi was both grateful and humbled.

September saw the two winners of the annual Steuben County Fair bicycle raffle receive their bikes. Congratulations to eight year old Jade and five year old David, our winners!

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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