Because the Sheriff is a county officer, there is no responsibility on the State to provide training or professional development for Sheriffs in the very complex operations of their office, which typically may include criminal law enforcement, traffic safety patrol, emergency rescue operations, homeland security programs, emergency response teams, SWAT operations, civil emergency and disaster response programs, jail operations, correctional alternative management, courtroom security, emergency communications, recreational law enforcement, and civil litigation process.
The Sheriffs’ Association has assumed the considerable role of designing and implementing training programs for Sheriffs and their Undersheriffs, Law Enforcement Supervisors, Jail Managers, Civil Deputy Sheriffs and Correctional Officers.
It is our mission is to:
- provide education and training for Sheriffs and their staffs;
- improve the efficiency and capability of Sheriffs to provide better services in law enforcement, corrections, civil law enforcement, court security and the many other areas of a Sheriff’s responsibility;
- collect, analyze and disseminate important decisions of local, State and Federal courts, which decisions may affect the operations of a Sheriff’s Office;
- appear as amicus curiae in court cases affecting Sheriffs and their constituents;
- establish standards of excellence and to accredit Sheriffs’ Offices which meet those standards;
- assist Sheriffs and counties in their interactions with state and federal agencies;
- seek grants and non-tax funding sources to assure the delivery of needed programs while alleviating the burden on local taxpayers;
- advise members of the New York State Legislature and the Governor’s Office and other agencies of the Executive Branch concerning the feasibility and implications of proposed legislation or administrative rules or regulations affecting Sheriffs and their constituents;
- cooperate with other police agencies and public officers in efforts to improve the prevention, detection, and prosecution of crimes and the punishment of criminals;
- and educate member Sheriff’s, their staff and members of the general public in all the areas of Sheriffs’ duties, all so the public might be well served by the Sheriffs of New York State.