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Undersheriff Ball attends statewide training conference

Madison County Undersheriff John E. Ball, center, receives a certificate upon completion of the 26th Annual Undersheriffs’ Training Program, with New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute Executive Director Chris O’Brien, left, and New York State Sheriffs’ Association President and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith.

Madison County Undersheriff John E. Ball, center, receives a certificate upon completion of the 26th Annual Undersheriffs’ Training Program, with New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute Executive Director Chris O’Brien, left, and New York State Sheriffs’ Association President and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith.

Madison County Undersheriff John E. Ball, along with 36 undersheriffs from across New York state, recently attended a training conference at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs.

Sponsored and organized by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, the program provides the undersheriffs with training in the latest advances in law enforcement and correctional practices and a forum to discuss current law enforcement issues and share best practices.

Representatives of several New York state agencies, including the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Department of State and the Comptroller’s Office, met with the group.

Topics covered at the three-day program included discovery rules for police in a high-tech environment, next generation 911 issues as well as updates on homeland security labor laws, foil law, retirement law and personnel and budget issues.

“The undersheriff is appointed by the county sheriff and most often functions as the chief administrative officer,” said Sheriffs’ Association President and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith. “In this role, undersheriffs review all operations of the sheriff’s office, including the sheriffs’ road patrol and investigative divisions, the county jail, the civil law enforcement division, court security, and 911/communications and dispatch division.”

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, formed in 1934, for the purpose of assisting sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed sheriffs of New York state.

The Sheriffs’ Association is committed to providing education and training to advance the professionalism of all aspects of the office of sheriff. Visit nysheriffs.org.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc. was established in 1979. The mission of the Institute is to assist the office of the sheriff in advancing education in the criminal justice community, preventing juvenile delinquency, developing lawful and productive citizens, and supporting victims of crime and their families. Visit nysheriffsinstitute.org.

For more information on the Sheriffs’ Association or the Institute, contact Pat Hughes at (518) 434-9091 or phughes@nysheriffs.org.

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