Niagara Gazette

April 7, 2014

Niagara County Sheriff's association looking for pieces of past

By Michael Canfield
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is looking for old pictures, uniforms, equipment and any other memorabilia from the more than 200 year history of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

The plan is to display the items in the association’s office in the Bewley Building in Lockport, said Jeff Newman, president of the association. Newman and several other members of the association have been working on procuring artifacts from the Sheriff’s Office past for almost a year, and have several uniforms on display, as well as some pictures and assorted banners and signs. 

“It’s really a rich history,” said Chuck Reabold, chairman of community services for the association.

The idea came out of looking for something to put on the walls of the office, Newman said. Once they started looking, they realized there isn’t a lot of memorabilia available from the sheriff’s office past. A lot of the pictures they’ve found so far have come from the Niagara County Historian’s Office, he said. 

“They’ve been great to us,” Newman said. “We’ve spent hours in there, and they haven’t kicked us out yet.”

It’s also important to preserve the history of the Sheriff’s Office, said Traci Haner, secretary of the association.

“It’s kind of crazy to see where the technology has gone and where the department has gone,” she said.

The office will be open to the public during National Police Week, May 12-16, where everything will be on display, Newman said, adding that they made their own coloring book for kids for police week. 

Anyone interested in loaning or donating items can do so by contacting Newman by phone at 713-7141 or by email at Newman is able to make high-quality scans of pictures for people who want to hold on to them, but are willing to loan them for a short period of time, he said. They’re also looking for mannequins and display cases for uniforms and smaller items.

Contact reporter Michael Canfield at 439-9222, ext. 6246, or follow him on Twitter @MikeCanfield36.