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March 26th, 2024

Line-of-Duty Death in Genesee County

A Genesee County Sheriff’s Sergeant died in the line of duty on March 10.
Sergeant Thomas A. Sanfratello (pictured), age 54, was posted to a special assignment detail at Batavia Downs when he died during an incident involving two patrons. The 32-year veteran was escorting two people out of the casino early Sunday morning after a verbal confrontation when they allegedly became combative.
According to investigators, Sanfratello was arresting one of the individuals after a struggle when he was then attacked by the second patron, at which point the Sergeant became unresponsive and was soon afterwards pronounced dead.
Sergeant Sanfratello was twice awarded Deputy of the Year by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and was presented with several other commendations throughout his career. He was actively involved with the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, serving on evaluation teams that reviewed the eligibility of other Sheriff’s Offices for accreditation and reaccreditation of their divisions and operations (See “A Recollection,” below).
“You know right from the beginning there’s something special about Tommy,” said Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron in a heartfelt tribute during Sgt. Sanfratello’s memorial service. “There are individuals who you hire and you just [say], ‘They’re going somewhere,’ and Tommy was one of those.”

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March 1st, 2024

Albany County Sheriff’s Office Expands its SHIP

Repurposing, Renovating

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple (center) shows Dutchess County Executive Sue Serino (left) and Poughkeepsie Mayor Yvonne Flowers renovated jail space that is now used as temporary housing for the homeless and recently incarcerated. Dutchess County Sheriff Kirk Imperati was also among the visitors, as they look into creating a similar program.

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February 9th, 2024

NYSSA and NSA Wrap Up their Winter Conference

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association held its 90th Annual Winter Training Conference in Albany last month, followed soon after by the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference in Washington, DC. Below are highlights from both events.

New York State Sheriffs’ Association Winter Training Conference

Presenters: Speakers included representatives from the New York State Commission of Corrections, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the League of Women Voters.

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January 11th, 2024

New Sheriffs Take the Reins

On January 1, 2024, four new Sheriffs and Undersheriffs began their public service across the state, taking over the reins from predecessors with long-standing careers in law enforcement who decided to step down from their Offices.

—— Rensselaer County ——

Kyle Bourgault (pictured, left) succeeded Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick Russo. Sheriff Bourgault is a 16-year veteran of the Office and most recently served as an Administrative Sergeant who handled pistol permits and acted as the Agency’s Public Information Officer.
He is joined by Undersheriff Mike Dinardo (right), a 23-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office.

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December 28th, 2023

Once again, Sheriff’s Offices have gone beyond the call of duty so citizens in need can enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Following are examples of their generosity

 

Sheriffs Rise and Shine to Serve Their Communities

Well stuffed — From the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Craig Apple:
We pulled it off, with 2,185 Thanksgiving meals out the door! When it comes to logistics my staff rules!
Thank you to everyone who assisted – all the volunteer drivers and my staff who delivered all those meals, which consisted of turkey, gravy, veggies, stuffing and a cheesecake dessert.
Please remember the public safety personnel who will be working through the holidays!

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December 14th, 2023

Four Sheriffs Stand Down After Decades of Service

At the end of this month, four Sheriffs will step down from their careers after more than 150 years of combined service in law enforcement. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association offers its congratulations and best wishes on their new endeavors.

Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick A. Russo

A Troy, NY native, Sheriff Russo served for 28 years with the Troy Police Department, where he advanced from uniformed officer to Detective Sergeant and to head of the Narcotics Bureau, a position he held for eight years. He was Rensselaer County Undersheriff for 12 years before being serving two terms as Sheriff starting in 2016.

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$50 Million in Funding for Sheriff’s Offices Available from NYS

Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $50 million grant program, specifically aimed at providing technology improvements to law enforcement agencies across New York State. The funding will allow police departments and Sheriff’s Offices located in communities outside of New York City to purchase new technology and equipment that will modernize operations and more effectively solve and prevent crimes.

The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will administer the funding. Indications are DCJS is open to funding any r

asonable request for improving an agency’s technology infrastructure.
Agencies are invited to submit applications until noon on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.
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Never Forget…

. . . the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, and the many first responders and law enforcement personnel who have lost their lives over the last 22 years as a result of their service on that day and in the months following the attacks

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August 18, 2023

Sheriffs’ Institute Summer Camp Enjoys Another Great Year

It’s hard to believe, but camp season is nearly over. Check out the goodbyes to campers from staff as another week – and now another year – of fun at Camp Iroquois ends.

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July 28, 2023

Cycle Success – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office broadcast a request for bicycle donations so members of Re-Entry Columbia could use them for traveling to and from work as they rebuild their lives after being released from incarceration. Per the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, “We asked for donations, and Columbia County residents showed up and let us know just how much they care about the success of others. We are . . . busting at the seams with a total of 25 bikes donated in just two days.”
Pictured above from left to right are Columbia County Sheriff Don Krapf, County employee Loren Ultimo and Undersheriff Jacqueline Salvatore.

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