It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County
March has definitely come in like a lamb, so we will monitor what comes at the end of the month! The glimpses of warm weather we have had tease us into thinking spring is here, while we know that there is more winter to come. Still, we have begun planning for our jail garden and our Law Enforcement Memorial Service in May.
In February, we welcomed a new addition to the Sheriff’s Office. K9 Ronnie, a ten month old German Shepherd, arrived and was assigned to Sergeant Shutt to begin training for patrol, tracking and narcotics certification. K9 Ronnie is named after Deputy Sheriff Sergeant Ronnie Bates, a person who served the Sheriff’s Office as a patrol supervisor for many years, as a mentor and leader not only in the Sheriff’s Office, but in his community and the many police departments in our county. K9 Ronnie was donated to the Sheriff’s Office by the Sheriff’s Foundation and financed in large part by a generous donation from Becky Goodrich in honor of her deceased husband, Kris Goodrich. We are honored and grateful for the support and generosity to our mission. Sergeant Shutt and Ronnie are on patrol!
At the Sheriff’s Office, your public servants were busy again. Deputies and Investigators teamed up with criminal justice college students to provide compliance checks for underage service or purchase of alcoholic beverages at retail establishments in Steuben County. These checks were conducted in partnership with the Steuben Council on Addictions and the Prevention Coalition, utilizing data they provided from surveys and in person screenings. Utilizing four teams, over thirty establishments across the county were checked for compliance. Two retail establishments served the underage persons, which equals a 94% compliance rate on this check. We will continue these checks over the next twelve months with a goal of 100% compliance. At the two establishments that did provide beverages, the servers were arrested and charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child and a referral was made to the Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
Deputy Henry responded to a person not breathing in Woodhull and administered CPR and utilized his AED until EMS arrived. The person resumed a pulse and was successfully transported to a medical facility for recovery. Deputy Henry has only been on solo patrol for a little over a month. Deputy Henry displayed excellent assessment skills and performed as trained, saving a life. Great job Deputy Henry!! Your SWAT team executed a search warrant entry in conjunction with an investigation by the Corning Police Department at a residence alleged to have been engaged in illegal narcotics sales and in possession of firearms. The team performed admirably and the entry was secured with the subject taken into custody without incident. In training, Deputy McCoy, SRO for Hornell and Arkport, attended the CPASS school safety conference, Deputy Swarthout and K9 Mac attended a Nitrate Conference in Oriskany with the New York State Department of Homeland Security. Deputy Warriner completed several CRASE and STOP the BLEED trainings, both at a manufacturing facility and volunteer fire departments. Sheriff Allard instructed at the NYS DCJS Police Supervisor Course held at the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy and attended the National Sheriff’s Association Conference in Washington, DC, serving on the National School Safety Committee, Public Outreach Committee and Rural Sheriff’s Committee. Sheriff Allard also got to meet the Sheriff of Steuben County, Indiana, and compare notes with him.
February was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with a death investigation, four assault investigations, one assault with a weapon investigation, five burglary investigations, one robbery investigation, three fire investigations, three welfare fraud investigations, three larceny investigations, four grand larceny investigations, four drug investigations, three harassment investigations, two criminal mischief investigations, six criminal contempt investigations, two animal cruelty investigations, two sex offense investigations, four endangering a child investigations, two unlawfully dealing with a child investigations and two obstructing breathing investigations. Our Patrol Division was tasked with multiple domestic incident investigations along with crash investigations and mental health detainments, including four intoxicated or impaired driving arrests.
All of our deputies and officers performed in an outstanding fashion and we received three 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