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December Newsletter from Steuben County Sheriff James Allard

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It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays to you! As we come to the close of another year, it feels necessary to take time to reflect on all that the members of your Sheriff’s Office have accomplished and all that we have to be grateful for. I am thankful for the teamwork we have received from our neighboring Sheriff’s Offices, New York State agencies and local Police, Fire and EMS Agencies, and for the individual acts of courage and service by our deputies, officers and staff, meeting the needs of the public and providing professional law enforcement to Steuben County. As we enter the holiday season, I am incredibly grateful and honored to work with these professionals and look forward to another successful year. A huge THANK YOU to all of our cooperating agencies for your assistance and teamwork this past year!

At the Sheriff’s Office, your public servants were busy again. Major Sutton, Ms. Volz and Sheriff Allard got to award bicycles to the winners of the Sheriff’s (free) raffle conducted at the Steuben County Fair. Both the boy and girl winners, Polly and Jax, were absolutely adorable and grateful for their new bikes and helmets! Lieutenant Logsdon and Lieutenant Harrison attended the second section of the FBI NAA Leadership Certification program. School Resource Officer Todd Costa was named “Proactivity Staff of the Month” at Campbell-Savona Central School District for “planning ahead and taking action”. The Sheriff’s Office hosted the NYS DCJS Behavioral Threat Assessment Management training for regional agencies. Our Office also participated in the Hammondsport Central School District emergency drill and the Bath Centers emergency drill. Sheriff Allard, Major Sutton, Sergeant Shutt and K9 Ronnie, Deputy Nybeck and K9 Twiggy and Deputy McCoy and K9 Tripp presented to the Steuben County Youth in Government program regarding the Sheriff’s Office in general and the K9 and Jail programs specifically. It was a great session with excellent questions.

Lieutenant Logsdon, Sergeant Sorge, Sergeant Shutt, Sergeant Day and Sergeant Wood attended the NYS DCJS course entitled “New York Law Enforcement Officers and the Law-Practices and Procedures” which instructs on legal updates to policing. Deputy Gage Harrison completed the NYS DCJS course “Recognizing the Cannabis Impaired Motorist”. Sheriff Allard presented to the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy regarding the benefits of our EMT program and then also participated in the family night presentation, wherein family members of the cadets get to ask questions of veteran police officers and their family members regarding expectations of a career in law enforcement and the effects on the family of that officer or deputy.

November was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with eight death investigations, two assault investigations, one unlawful imprisonment investigation, one burglary investigation, four trespass investigations, five criminal contempt investigations, one missing person investigation, one endangering the welfare of a child investigation, one fire investigation, seven larceny investigations, three grand larceny investigations, six harassment investigations, two reckless endangerment investigations, seven criminal mischief investigations, two impersonation investigations, one terroristic threat investigation, two animal cruelty investigations, eight narcotics investigations, three leaving the scene of a crash 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 four intoxicated or impaired driving arrests.

All of our deputies and officers performed in an outstanding fashion and we received a commendation from the public regarding outstanding performance.

We continue to pray for our first responder colleagues and 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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