Madison County Undersheriff Douglas P. Bailey has been selected by the New York State American Legion Department as state choice for law enforcement officer of the year.
Bailey, who was nominated by the William H. Cain American Legion Post 1287 in Chittenango this past March, was cited for his membership and contributions to the National Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT).
DMORT is a United States Department of Homeland Security program that responds to mass-fatality incidents in the U.S. when so requested. After deployment during an emergency response, DMORT is directed by the National Disaster Medical System and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. DMORT works under the guidance of local authorities by providing technical assistance and personnel to recover identify and process victims of mass fatality events.
Teams consist of specialized forensic personnel such as funeral directors, medical examiners, coroners, pathologists, forensic anthropologists, law enforcement, medical record technicians and transcribers, forensic odontologists, dental assistants, x-ray and radiology technicians, mental health specialists, computer professionals, administrative support staff, security and death investigation personnel.
Bailey retired from the Oneida City Police Department after 21 years of service in 1991 to accept the position of Undersheriff of Madison County. Bailey has been working with Sheriff Ronald I. Cary and serving the people of Madison County for the past 15 years.
A member of DMORT since 1995, Bailey has been activated as a temporary federal employee and deployed to three disasters In 1999 he supported the State of Rhode Island Medical Examiner at the crash site of EgyptAir flight 990. In 2001 he participated in the setup and operation of one of the temporary morgues close to ground zero following the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks, supporting the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Most recently, Bailey was deployed to Gulfport, Miss. to support the coroners of Harrison and Hancock Counties following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005. DMORT was involved in identification of storm victims and persons in the numerous coffins displaced from cemeteries due to the water surge created by the hurricanes.