Thirty-seven Deputy Sheriffs and Civilian staff from 20 Sheriff’s Offices around the state completed Phase Two of a specialized training program in Civil Law Enforcement at the Albany County Courthouse in May, including Deputy Patrick Fitzgerald and Finance Clerk I Susan Hughes from the Ontario County Office of Sheriff. Sponsored by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, the week-long Phase 2 Civil Basic School provides participants with training in the latest advances in civil law enforcement and a forum to discuss current civil law enforcement issues and share best practices.The school is required for counties seeking to earn accreditation of their civil office from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. The training is provided without charge to any civil personnel nominated for the school by a Sheriff.All Sheriffs have civil law enforcement functions, including the service of process and enforcement of judgments and other court orders and mandates. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc., established in 1979, provides the only statewide training program for Civil Deputies. Visit www.nysheriffsinstitute.org. If you’d like more information about this topic or the Sheriffs’ Association please call Pat Hughes at 518/434.9091; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon completion of the Phase Two of the Statewide Civil Law Enforcement School at the Albany County Courthouse, Susan Hughes and Patrick Fitzgerald from Ontario County receive their certificates from Albany County Chief Deputy Paul Courcelle (left) and Sheriffs’ Institute Executive Director Chris O’Brien (right).