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May newsletter from Sheriff James Allard

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Details on recent training, outreach, and law enforcement in Steuben County

From Sheriff Allard,

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. After a week of rain, the sun is shining and all is green. Youth sports are practicing all around the county as everyone attempts to keep up with their lawn mowing and spring projects while the farmers wait for the fields to dry enough to plant. In April we had two retirements and a resignation from the Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Bob McDaniels retired after serving 25 years as a Deputy, Investigator and Lieutenant, and Deputy Ken Bauch retired due to an on duty injury received while arresting a person. Investigator Clark Brown, previously retired from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, entered retirement again after serving as a part-time welfare fraud investigator. We wish them all well in their future endeavors and thank them for their service to Steuben County.

At the Sheriff’s Office, your public servants were busy again. Captain Mills attended the New York State Law Enforcement Training Directors Conference, receiving training in directing the basic course for peace officers, Major Sutton attended the Victim Notification Education training to insure continued compliance with the VINE network, Investigator Kennedy, Sergeant Day, Deputy Nybeck and Deputy Wood attended the New York State Tactical Officer Association Course and received training in building clearing, barricaded subject resolution, threat recognition, the tactical mindset and tactical team leading. K9 Mac and Deputy Swarthout attended a school safety and effective search strategies for schools and stadiums training by NYS Dept. of Homeland Security. Major Sutton, Captain Mills, Deputy Harrison, Officer Waight and other jail staff taught the Basic Course for Correction Officers to ten new Correction Officers from Steuben and Livingston Counties. Deputy Wood, Deputy Harrison and Sergeant Day taught 21 students in the Pistol Permit Safety Course. Sheriff Allard, Investigator Lewis, Investigator Kennedy and Sergeant Hawk taught the Fire Police Course for the Emergency Management Office. Deputy Butler, Deputy Schafer and Sergeant Hawk teamed with the Opioid Committee and Prevention Coalition to collect unused medications at two prescription drug drop events. Lieutenant Logsdon was honored to attend the Arkport Volunteer Fire Department banquet.

April was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with three death investigations, six assault investigations, three strangulation or choking investigations, six burglary investigations, two bail jumping investigations, two fire investigations, two welfare fraud investigations, five larceny investigations, two grand larceny investigations, six drug investigations, five harassment investigations, eight criminal mischief investigations, five criminal contempt investigations, two animal abuse investigations, one sex offense investigation, two endangering a child investigations, one menacing investigation and three jail contraband investigations. Our Patrol Division was tasked with multiple domestic incident investigations along with mental health detainments and assisting other agencies, including three 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 the families and victims of mass casualty events and 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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