Thirty-nine Undersheriffs from across New York State recently attended an annual training conference in Saratoga Springs, NY, sponsored by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and the New York State Sheriffsâ€™ Association Institute. These training conferences have been conducted for twenty-four consecutive years, and provide our officers not only the chance to receive training, but to meet with their colleagues around the state and discuss common issues.
Undersheriffs are appointed directly by the County Sheriff and most often serve as the chief administrative officer for the Sheriffâ€™s Office. In this role, Undersheriffs review all operations of the office, including the Sheriffsâ€™ road patrol and investigative divisions, the county jail, the civil law enforcement division, court security, and 911/communications and dispatch division. This year, the Undersheriffs heard presentations on many administrative topics, including participation in federal and state surplus property programs, to obtain equipment and materials without charge to local taxpayers; homeland security issues; use of video technology in county jails, including â€œtele-psychiatryâ€; review of state standards for county jails; DMV programs for DWI ignition interlock and graduated licenses for young drivers; SWAT teams policies; identification and electronic tracking of meth labs; labor relations; cultural and diversity programs; and aerial mapping programs for law enforcement.
Some of the speakers were: State Probation Director Robert Maccarone, Rabbi Abe Friedman, labor attorney specialist Elayne Gold; James Turley from the Office of Homeland Security; Thomas Beilein, Chairman of the State Commission of Correction; Commissioners Dan Stewart and Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross from the State Commission of Correction; and Westchester Department of Corrections representatives Donald Smith and Mark Reimer. Undersheriffs also received an update on the VINE program, provided by the New York State Sheriffsâ€™ Association Institute, which allows victims to receive real-time information about the incarcerated status of offenders.
New York Sheriffs remain committed to providing education and training to advance the professionalism of all aspects of our Sheriffsâ€™ Offices. The program is offered without fee to participating counties, which only cover the costs of lodging and meals for their employees.