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Steuben County Sheriff December Newsletter

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Promotions, Pizza, and looking back at a busy November

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. The air is crisp and it feels like we went straight from summer to winter with no break in between. Snow is now with us and the deer are running. Please remember to take additional travel time during inclement weather and pack your car with your winter survival kit.

November brought more changes to the jail administration, Lieutenant Justin Mills, an 18 year veteran of the Corrections Division, was promoted to the position of Captain in the wake of Major Sutton’s appointment. Captain Mills formerly held the positions of Correction Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and is now the Assistant Jail Superintendent. We look forward to his service in his new position. A formal swearing in ceremony will occur in the near future to honor Captain Mills.

November brought other personnel changes as well. Deputy J.D. Hawley, formerly of the Village of Bath Police Department, transferred to the Sheriff’s Office and became the School Resource Deputy for the BOCES Coopers Campus. Deputies Gage Harrison and Joseph Saltsman joined the Patrol Division as full time Deputies. Deputy Harrison, having previously served as a part-time officer at Hornell Police Department and as a part-time Deputy at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, joined our team and is currently in field training. Deputy Saltsman, formerly serving with the Steuben County Department of Public Works, will attend the Basic Course for Police at the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in January. Deputy Saltsman’s mother and step-father both currently serve in the Corrections Division and are very proud of their son.

Deputy Brandon Owen completed and passed his Paramedic training and certification in November, passing both National and NYS exams. Congratulations to Deputy Owen on this milestone of service!

November was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with four death investigations, three assault investigations, four burglary investigations, two fire investigations, two welfare fraud investigations, six grand larceny investigations, fourteen larceny investigations, two drug investigations, three harassment investigations, four trespass investigations, five criminal mischief investigations, six criminal contempt investigations, two sex offense investigations and one endangering a child investigation. Our Patrol Division was tasked with multiple domestic incident investigations along with crash investigations, and mental health detainments, including seven intoxicated or impaired driving arrests.

Sheriff Allard presented on recent law changes at the Steuben County American Legion Officers meeting in Corning and presented at the Wayne Town Board. Captain Mills, Lieutenant Harrison and Sheriff Allard provided an employee appreciation meal, making and serving 36 pizzas, to staff on November 30th, as a thank you for their service. Our deputies and correction officers provided security and transport during early voting and on Election Day to assist the Board of Elections in their duties.

All of our deputies and officers performed in an outstanding fashion and we received two commendations from community members detailing the excellence of service they received.

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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