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November Newsletter from Steuben County Sheriff James Allard

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Deputies complete essential training, conduct outreach, and enforce the law in October

From Steuben County Sheriff James Allard,

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. We saw snow this morning in our elevated areas and have seen frost the past two mornings. The hills are incredible in their fall colors but we know that winter is knocking on the door. October is always a catch up month for the Sheriff’s Office, after summer vacations are ended and hunting season has not yet begun in earnest. It is a time of training and replacing worn equipment, with the transition to the winter uniform. In October we completed agency firearms training and welcomed law enforcement retirees to qualify with our deputies and officers. We hosted the Monroe County Crime Analysis Center for regional training for our police administrators as well as conducting meetings for the Steuben County Behavioral Threat Assessment Team. We celebrated two police academy graduations, Deputy Robinson from the SUNY Alfred Police Academy and Deputy Saltsman from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy at CCC. Congratulations to both deputies and their families for the honorable career they have successfully begun! We also welcomed a new SRO to the Bath-Haverling School District, Richard Swan. SRO Swan began his career at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and then transferred to the City of Corning Police Department where he retired as a Lieutenant. We are thrilled to have SRO Swan as part of the team again!

At the Sheriff’s Office, your public servants were busy again. K9 Ronnie got to meet David Bates, a retired dispatcher and brother to his namesake, Ronnie Bates. Good Morning David! Your Sheriff’s Office participated in the GST BOCES Superintendents training, Snell Farms Fun Days, and the ALERRT Instructor Conference. The Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and several members were honored to be part of the City of Hornell’s unveiling and dedication of a memorial to Hornell Police Department Sergeant Swift, who died in the line of duty fifty years ago. It was a moving ceremony.

Undersheriff McNelis completed his Master Instructor Certification. Investigator Smith conducted a pistol permit safety course. Lieutenant Logsdon, Lieutenant Kennedy and Lieutenant Lock attended the NYS Sheriff’s Association Law Enforcement Supervisor Course. Investigator Martin and Investigator Payne completed the NYS DCJS Basic Investigations Course. Deputy Brian Harrison completed NYS DCJS Basic Crash Management Course. Lieutenant Lauran Harrison and Lieutenant Logsdon completed the first section of the FBI NAA Leadership Certification Program. Investigator Brown, Sergeant Wood, Deputy Nybeck and Deputy Swarthout attended the NYS Homeland Security Excelsior Challenge for tactical teams. Deputy Butler completed the Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor Course and the Breath Analysis Operator Instructor Course. Ms. Moir and Dispatcher Clark attended the STOP-DWI Conference. Major Sutton and Captain Mills attended the Jail Superintendents Conference. Deputy McCoy and K9 Tripp received their NYS DCJS and NAPWADA tracking certifications, Sergeant Shutt and K9 Ronnie received their NYS DCJS and NAPWADA narcotics certification and Deputy Nybeck and K9 Twiggy, already NYS DCJS certified, received NAPWADA patrol, tracking and narcotics certification. Sheriff Allard attended the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Executive Development Training and presented at the Unity in the Community in Elmira.

October was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with five death investigations, four assault investigations, one prison contraband investigation, seven burglary investigations, six possession of a weapon investigations, one endangering the welfare of a child investigation, one fire investigation, fourteen larceny investigations, twelve grand larceny investigations, two harassment investigations, three reckless endangerment investigations, eight criminal mischief investigations, one impersonation investigation, three menacing investigations, two animal cruelty investigations, four narcotics investigations, three false statement investigations, and one fugitive from justice 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 five intoxicated or impaired driving arrests.

All of our deputies and officers performed in an outstanding fashion and I received two commendations from the public regarding outstanding performance.

We continue to pray for our deployed military across the globe, as well as their families. We also pray for the victims of mass casualty events and state sponsored 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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