Sheriff’s Office attains civil accreditation

HUDSON—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has received civil accreditation from the New York State Sheriff’s Association. The award was presented in front of the full board of Columbia County Supervisors meeting at 401 State Street, September 9.

Peter Keough was present from the New York State Sheriff’s Association (NYSSA) to present the plaque to Sheriff David P. Bartlett and his staff, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Civil Enforcement Division earned this distinction after a two-day full inspection of the division’s operational procedures and policies in direct correlation with more than 120 professional standards set forth by the state Sheriff’s Association. The assessment team comprised of civil law enforcement officers from departments around the state inspected the civil division in June.

The assessment report reads as follows:

“The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department Civil Unit has done a fine job in its efforts to implement the program standards. The office functions efficiently due to the command staff leadership and the employees hard work complying with policies and mission of the department. Department personnel were knowledgeable, cordial, cooperative and well prepared. This assessment team unanimously recommends that the department be favorably considered for accreditation at this time.”

Bike raffle winners announced

CHATHAM—Winners of the girl’s and boy’s bicycle raffles drawing at the Columbia County Fire Services Booth at the Chatham Fair, September 7 were Quinn Corrigan of Hudson and Randy Klawson of Stanfordville, according to a press release from Columbia County Fire Chiefs’ Association (CCVFCA) Past President Ted Beck.

The booth is a cooperative effort of the Columbia County Firefighters Association and the CCVFCA. The organizations thank all who helped at the booth during fair week, the county fire companies that brought equipment to display and the FASNY Museum of Firefighting for loaning their display. The Fire Safety House was well utilized, along with the Fire Extinguisher Simulator, the release said.

Bicycles were donated by the Greenport Walmart Super Center, which was thanked for its “generosity and continued support.”

Raffle tickets in the Chiefs’ Association annual fundraiser to support the Burned out Victims Clothing Fund and Fire Safety House and Fire Prevention programs are now available for purchase from any Fire Chiefs’ Association member. First prize is $500, second $150 and third $50. Winners can choose cash, gas, diesel or heating oil. Tickets cost $2 each, 3 for $5 and 7 for $10. The drawing takes place at the January 2016 meeting.

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