A look back at a busy December: “All of our deputies and officers performed in an outstanding fashion”
Plus: Happy Birthday K9 Cpl- Tripp !!
From Sheriff Allard,
It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. Happy New Year! Yesterday, January 2nd, 2024 was an historic day in Steuben County. For the first time in the 228 year history of Steuben County, a female Chair of the Legislature was elected to lead our Legislature. Congratulations to Steuben County Legislative Chair Kelly Fitzpatrick! We all look forward to responsible and transparent leadership in our county government and wish you and Vice Chair Kuhl every success in your new roles.
At the Sheriff’s Office, your public servants were busy again. On December 2nd, Undersheriff McNelis, Sergeant Hawk and Deputy Gage Harrison collected toys and coats for Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids at the Hornell Walmart location while Sheriff Allard, Major Sutton and Deputy Nybeck collected at the Erwin Walmart location. Combined we collected over 500 toys and fifty coats to be distributed to Steuben County residents in need. On December 9th our School Resource Officers, along with Sheriff Allard and Undersheriff McNelis, teamed up with virtually every police agency in Steuben County to conduct “Shop with a Cop” at both the Erwin and Hornell Walmart, providing Christmas presents for over 90 families. On December 12th Sergeant Sorge teamed up with area agencies for “Shop with a Cop” for another twenty children who were associated with the Domestic Violence Shelter. All told, over 110 families were served by Federal, State, County, City, Town and Village Police agencies in Steuben County. Many thanks to all who participated and to Walmart for their generosity and partnership!
On December 7th, the Armed Women of America visited the Sheriff’s Office to deliver a hand decorated Christmas tree for the office. On December 14th the Hammondsport School Second Grade came to the Sheriff’s Office to decorate cookies and make decorations, meet K9s Mac, Ronnie and Tripp and have a book read to them by Sheriff Allard. This was a great time with fantastic young people. On December 20th the Hammondsport School recognized and thanked the Sheriff’s Office, Undersheriff McNelis, Deputy Bush and Deputy Brian Harrison in attendance. Also on December 20th, Sheriff Allard and Captain Mills cooked 48 pizzas for an employee appreciation day recognition luncheon, serving the corrections staff, patrol staff, security and SRO staff as well as the 911 dispatchers and emergency management staff. It was a little chilly but the pizza oven kept us warm and we recognized multiple employees for their years of service!
Guess who is turning 1 year old today, well 7 in dog years? Please join all of us in wishing K-9 Cpl. Tripp a very Happy 1st Birthday!
On December 28th, Sheriff Allard participated in a regional roundtable discussion with Congressman Nick Langworthy at Corning Community College, discussing the dangers of fentanyl in our society. Represented in the discussion were many facets of county providers, as well as Chief Spaulding and Chief Murray of the Corning and Hornell Police Departments. A broad ranging discussion was had in which many diverse viewpoints were expressed, underscoring the difficult task ahead to effectively deal with this crisis.
Lieutenant Logsdon and Lieutenant Harrison attended the third segment of the FBINA Leadership Executive Training, Deputy Brian Harrison completed the NYS DCJS Technical Crash Management Course and Captain Mills and Lieutenant Wetherby attended a Supervisor Liability Course presented by Attorney Eric Daigle.
December was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators and deputies were tasked with three death investigations, four assault investigations, one possession of a weapon investigation, three burglary investigations, two forcible touching investigations, four criminal contempt investigations, one resisting arrest investigation, three obstructing governmental administration investigations, two strangulation investigations, one bank fraud investigation, five endangering the welfare of a child investigations, three fire investigations, nine larceny investigations, six grand larceny investigations, ten harassment investigations, two reckless endangerment investigations, eight criminal mischief investigations, one impersonation investigation, one terroristic threat investigation, one animal cruelty investigation, four narcotics investigations, two leaving the scene of a crash investigations, two fleeing a police officer investigations and three fugitive from justice investigations. 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 and we received two commendations 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