Sixty-eight Deputy Sheriffs and civilian staff from 27 Sheriff’s Offices around the state recently completed a Civil Refresher Training Course, providing specialized training in Civil Law Enforcement. Sessions were held in Ontario and Rockland Counties for this program. Deputy Patrick Fitzgerald, Finance Clerk I Susan Hughes, and Finance Clerk I Debra Cunningham, participated in the training.
Sponsored by the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, the refresher program offers Deputies and civilian staff an opportunity to share information about new laws and court cases impacting on their duties, and students are presented with many actual case scenarios to review and discuss.
The school is very important for counties seeking to earn or to maintain accreditation of their civil office from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. The training is provided without charge to civil personnel nominated for the school by a Sheriff, and the instructors are Deputy Sheriffs and Civil Office Managers with many years’ experience both in training and field operations.
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’ Institute, established in 1979, provides the only statewide training program for Civil Deputies.
Upon completion of the Civil Refresher Training Program held in Canandaigua, New York, Deputy Patrick Fitzgerald, Finance Clerk I Susan Hughes, and Finance Clerk I Debra Cunningham, receive their certificates from Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman and Ontario County Undersheriff David Tillman.