ALBANY – The New York State Sheriffs’ Association recently held its annual training conference for Undersheriffs in Albany. These training conferences have been conducted for 20 consecutive years, and afford these 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 Sheriff’s Office. In this role, Undersheriffs review all operations of the office, including the Sheriffs’ road patrol and investigative divisions, the county jail, the civil law enforcement division, court security, and 911 communication and dispatch division. This year, 35 Undersheriffs heard presentations on such topics as: GPS mapping for Sheriff’s Office; the Sheriffs’ Association VINE program. which allows victims of crimes to be kept informed of the incarceration status of offenders and whether they have been released from custody; sharing law enforcement data through the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN); recent sex offender law changes; interest arbitration for Sheriffs’ employees; and Project Lifesaver, an innovative program used to aid patients and families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions, and which uses state-of-the-art tracking technology to help locate wandering or lost people. Undersheriffs also heard from several representatives of New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services and participated in an comprehensive review and discussion of the law enforcement response to the boating tragedy which happened on Lake George last year, in which 20 senior citizens drowned.