Volume 453
December 22, 2022
Sheriffs Make the Holidays Brighter for Many
Despite constantly giving of themselves throughout the year, Sheriffs’ Offices go the extra 10,000 miles during the holiday season to bring good gifts and cheer to residents in their communities. Read on for examples of their overwhelming generosity.
Allegany County
The Beards are Back in Town — The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office once again held its annual Beard for Bucks and Dough for Does fundraiser. Male employees can grow a beard from October 1 through December 31 if they donate $25, and the female employees hold a 50-50 raffle. The money goes to the Allegany County Area Foundation for the “Shop with a Cop” fund. The Sheriff’s Office raised $1,760 this year, bringing the total collected since the fundraiser started in 2012 to $11,500.

Shown above, (l – r) Allegany County Sheriff’s Corrections Officer Robert Brooks; Undersheriff (and Sheriff-elect) Scott Cicirello; Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation; Sheriff Rick Whitney, Lt. Andrew Bigelow and Jail Administrator Chris Ivers celebrate another successful fundraiser.
Delaware County
Many Toys for Many Tots — Members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office pose with a selection from the recent Toys for Tots Drive (l – r) Sheriff Craig DuMond, Sgt. Heath Goff, Sgt. Donald Simonds, Corrections Officer Paul Moore, Corrections Officer Amanda Hoehl, Senior Investigator Christopher Erwin, Major John Demeo, Cpl. Matthew Cammer, Deputy Sheriff Collin Roche, Lt. Alan Weaver, Investigator David Barnes, Administrative Asst. Jessica Miller, Sgt. Tyler McAteer and Undersheriff Kim Smith.

Sheriff DuMond praised the participation of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Correctional and Road Patrol Divisions in this year’s Toys for Tots Drive, reporting that a grand total of $2,640 was raised through the generous contributions of both Divisions. “The kindness and heartfelt concern for the children of Delaware County displayed by both divisions during this Christmas season is just overwhelming,” said Sheriff DuMond. “After all, giving without the expectation of receiving is what the Christmas Season is all about.”
Erie County
Not Quite Reindeer, But They’ll Do — The Erie County Sheriff's Office Mounted Reserve Unit will continue its semi-annual tradition of raising funds and food for the less fortunate. In mid-December, Deputies and their horses took part in "Mounted for Meals,” benefitting the Response To Love Center in Buffalo. Food donations were accepted, as well as dropping some "loot in the boot"! This tradition, held during the Christmas and Easter seasons, began more than 20 years ago.
Genesee County
But Wait, There’s More — The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office participated in the annual “Stuff the
Cruiser” toy drive. Members of various law enforcement agencies throughout the County were stationed at stores to collect toys for children ages 18 and under. Participants included the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Probation Department, New York State Police, the City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Pictured above at one location (l – r) are Genesee County Undersheriff Bradley D. Mazur, Deputy Jeremiah W. Gechell and New York State Trooper Kelli S. Fitch.
Jefferson County
Need Gift Advice? — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office hosted its 20th annual Shop with a Cop event, one of several community-oriented events organized by the Sheriff’s Office that brings joy to young and old alike. In return, County residents have been generous donors to the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute.

Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O’Neill (above left) will retire at the end of this month after serving two terms. “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone from Jefferson County who has supported the New York State Sheriffs' Institute, in any way. I'm so proud of this community and their generosity and compassion for those less fortunate. The summer camp laughter and the smiles on the kids' faces will long live in my memory.”
Livingston County
Lights that Shine through the Darkness — The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office held its second annual “Operation Light it Up” event to brighten the day of Livingston County seniors in nursing facilities and Noyes Hospital in Dansville. The caravan made multiple stops at care facilities throughout the County, displaying safety lights, sirens, air horns, Christmas music and even Santa!

“Thank you to all the staff of the facilities, helping us with logistics at each venue and doing their best within Covid guidelines to provide a viewing window,” said Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty.
Madison County
Gifts for Giving — The Madison County Sheriff’s Office held its Fifth Annual Shop with a Sheriff event. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division, Corrections Division, School Resource Officers,
and Civil Division were joined by members of the Madison County Children’s Advocacy Center and Office of Emergency Management to shop with 36 children from the community. The money supporting
the event came directly from the Deputies and Corrections Officers of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office who raised funds through their No Shave Fundraiser.

Above, a young participant selects his gift with the help of Madison County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer Scott Davis (right).
Niagara County

Cut it Out! — Over the Thanksgiving holiday the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office hosted Coffee with a Cop programs, where community residents have breakfast and meet members of the Sheriff’s staff. These events encourage people to engage with law enforcement personnel in a fun and informal setting that includes visitors having their picture taken with a life-sized cutout of Sheriff Michael Filicetti (far left).

Joy to You and Thee — For Christmas, staff from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office annually participate in the Shop with a Cop Event. Typically, 20 or more children from throughout the community are paired with Deputies, Corrections Officers and Specialized Personnel. They travel to Walmart in patrol vehicles to pick out gifts for themselves and their families. Pictured are Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlene Rutkowski (far left) and Captain Tracy Steen (far right) with two event participants.
Oneida County
A Great Abundance — For Thanksgiving the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Pryputniewicz Farm in Waterville for a donation of 5,000 pounds of potatoes to assist the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Utica Food Pantry. The potatoes were used in Thanksgiving meals with other items donated from across the community. Over 1,000 meals (pictured above) were provided to local families in need.
In preparation for Christmas, the Sheriff’s Office once again partnered with Clinton Tractor for three New Holland T8 Tractors and Wagons. Two tractors are auctioned off via local radio programs, with proceeds going to Operation Sunshine’s “Stuff the Bus CNY Toy Drive.” The last tractor is donated to Joseph's Experience, an organization that assists families with children impacted by cancer and leukemia. Its founder, Dr. Mark Montgomery, will gift the tractor to a child battling a serious illness.
Rensselaer County
Less Shaving, More $$$ — Members from the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Division and Highway Patrol raised $12,200 from this year’s “No Shave November Plus,” which runs through February 2023. Half the proceeds were donated to the START Children’s Center to purchase gifts for those in need this holiday season. A check for the other half raised was presented to the Rensselaer County Department of Youth.

“It means a lot to us, and the Sheriff is big into community and giving back . . . all our members are the same way,” said Sgt. Brian Hallett. Above is a photo depicting this year's check presentation.
Saratoga County
First Responders Go the Extra Mile — For the past nine years, Sheriff Michael Zurlo and members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office have organized and hosted “Convoy for Tots.” The event’s mission is to generate donations and awareness for Capital Region Toys for Tots.

Supported by Saratoga County First Responders, this event brings together 100 vehicles from area businesses, civic organizations, and Emergency Services agencies, traveling along a major route between Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs. Each vehicle contains donated toys to be given to a child in need. Convoy for Tots has become the single largest collection event for Capital Region Toys for Tots, providing over 100,000 donated toys to date.
Seneca County
Not to be Outdone — The Seneca County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association conducted its Eighth Annual “Shop with a Sheriff” event. As in past years, members of the PBA escorted ten children who live throughout the County and were chosen to participate in the event. PBA members
volunteered their time to take the children Christmas shopping. Following the shopping spree was a pizza lunch and a guest appearance from Santa Claus.

Pictured with their hauls are (l – r) Deputy Daniel Jacobsen, Deputy Travis Gantz, Deputy Zachary Presher, Sergeant Jeffrey Steuer, Deputy Zachary Nelson and Deputy Christopher Greco.
Steuben County
Putting the Share in Sheriff — The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has had a busy holiday season, with two “Fill the Patrol Car” events resulting in donations for “Toys for Tots” as well as “Coats for Kids.” The toys go directly to the local Toys for Tots representative and the coats are distributed among 12 county school districts. The Sheriff’s Office also hosted three “Shop with a Cop” events, pairing School Resource Officers with youngsters to shop for their families and themselves. One of these events was held at a local domestic violence center. Last but not least, the County Jail adopted a family for Christmas, providing gifts and other items to one family in need.
Ulster County
Give, Give and Give Again — The Ulster County Sheriff's Office has a longstanding partnership with People's Place in the City of Kingston, an agency that has helped underserved community members for the last 50 years. People's Place hosts fundraisers such as Project Santa, where members of the Sheriff’s Office participate as “Santa on the Rooftop” during the Christmas in July fundraiser. In 2021, partnering with the First Responders Children's Foundation, the Sheriff’s Office dropped off new toys at People's Place and took part in the Project Santa Giveaway Day, with members fulfilling Christmas wish lists for children and families in need. 

Pictured above from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office are (l – r) Sergeant James Riley, Deputy Michael Goins, Detective Mario Tagliafierro and Peer Specialist Jessica Merck.
Wayne County
Decked with Smiles — At the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (l – r), Sergeant Jodi Hares, with Corrections Officers Armand Miale, Lena Wilson and Lyndsi Wernert, load up a generous helping of
gifts for this year’s Helping Hearts toy drive. Helping Hearts, Lyons, is a nonprofit charitable organization whose vision is simply “Everyone works together to help those in need.” Employees of the
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office donated gifts to assist those families that could use a little help this time of year. Thank you to all who participated in putting smiles on some children’s faces!
Professional Development
NYSSA Sheriffs' Winter Training Conference

DON’T FORGET, it’s time to register for NYSSA’s Winter Conference, January 16 – 19, 2023 at the Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel.

Start the New Year right and join the growing number of Sheriffs who have already signed up. Register now using the links below!

Registration Open for Second Annual School Safety Conference
C-PASS is pleased to announce its second annual C-PASS School Safety Training Conference and Networking Dinner. This four-day event runs February 20 through 23, 2023, at the Courtyard by Marriott/Excelsior Springs Event Center in Saratoga Springs. We encourage Sheriffs to send their School Resource Officers and School Resource Deputies to this event. Click here to register for the Conference and for hotel rooms.
Rounding Out the File
Santa's Little Helper
K9 Viva of the Erie County Sheriff's Office is ready for the holidays with a decorated doghouse and Santa-welcoming costume.

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season to all law-enforcement personnel and their families!
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