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Steuben County Sheriff’s October Newsletter

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“All of our deputies and officers performed in an outstanding fashion”

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. We are starting to see vibrant colors on the hillsides and in the fields. October is a month of change in our county, we see the end of summer activities, and begin preparing for the winter to come. Tourist centers have slowed down and many seasonal businesses are preparing to close for the winter season. Another Wineglass Marathon has come and gone, with almost perfect weather to accompany it. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who took their time out to make this race possible, without the commitment of our communities, this event could not happen. The Wineglass is the second largest marathon in the State of New York, second only to the NYC Marathon, bringing millions in sales to our area for the weekend. In September we welcomed a new School Resource Officer to the Corning-Painted Post School District, Severn Elementary School, John Allen. John began his career with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and then completed it with the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. He retired in August and joined the SRO team. Welcome back John! We also welcomed a new part time Investigator in the SWIFT, welfare fraud team, Investigator Jen Cole. Jen is recently retired from the New York State Police and is now continuing to serve our county. Thank you Jen for your service!

At the Sheriff’s Office, your public servants were busy again. Your Sheriff’s Office provided security coverage, traffic control, bike patrol and drone coverage for the Wineglass Marathon. The Jail Administrative Staff scheduled and completed an entire facility search for contraband and weapons, utilizing our Jail CIRT team, along with members from Chemung, Schuyler, Yates and Allegany County teams, as well as NYS DOCCS K9s and handlers. Two items of contraband were found and recovered. A huge thank you to all the agencies who participated! Deputy Schafer attended the NYS DCJS Instructor Development Course, while Undersheriff McNelis taught several components of it. Lieutenant Logsdon, Lieutenant Kennedy, Investigator Brown, Investigator Lewis, Sergeant Sorge, Sergeant Hawk, Sergeant Shutt and Sergeant Wood attended the Department of Homeland Security Supervisor Incident Command (ICS 300). Deputies Shepherd, Saltsman, G. Harrison, Owen and Goetschius attended ALLERT training with Officer Audinwood. Investigator Ellison and Deputy Butler attended Marine Patrol Personal Watercraft Course while Deputy Dininny instructed. Investigators Payne and Martin, Deputies Bush and G. Harrison and Officers Erskine, Hann and Parsons completed the DCJS Basic Investigative Photography course, a pre-requisite to becoming evidence technicians. Deputy Nybeck received certification as a DCJS Defensive Tactics Instructor. Sheriff Allard commended the SWAT team for their outstanding performance at two incidents, along with Investigator Martin, Sergeant Shutt and Deputy Saltsman for their EMS actions at a crash scene. Deputy Owen was recognized by the Tri-County First Responders as First Responder of the Year for his achievements in EMS, achieving paramedic certification and for his multiple life preserving efforts.

September was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with five death investigations, five assault investigations, one strangulation investigation, two burglary investigations, two possession of a weapon investigations, one missing person investigation, one fire investigation, seven larceny investigations, five grand larceny investigations, six harassment investigations, ten criminal mischief investigations, one endangering a child investigation, one sex abuse investigation, four menacing investigations, two bad check investigations, two narcotics investigations and one possession of stolen property investigation. Our Patrol Division was tasked with multiple domestic incident investigations along with mental health detainments, emergency medical aid, assisting other agencies, serving of warrants, and two intoxicated or impaired driving arrests.

All of our deputies and officers performed in an outstanding fashion.

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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