Niagara Gazette

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September 18, 2013

Sheriff Voutour comments on Sheriff's Week in New York

This week, Sept. 15 through 21, has been proclaimed Sheriff's Week in New York by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour noted the recognition highlights the contributions made by the Office of the Sheriff in state’s county governments and the statewide criminal justice system.

“The Office of Sheriff is the only law enforcement chief executive officer elected by the people. As such, there is a unique bond between the people and the sheriff," Voutour said. "I am grateful to Governor Cuomo for proclaiming (this week) as “Sheriff’s Week” because it emphasizes this special connection with the people we serve. Niagara County and the Niagara County Office of the Sheriff both came into existence on March 11, 1808.  While we in law enforcement are proud of our past, we know we cannot live there. We must deal with the present and prepare for the future.”

“The Niagara County Office of the Sheriff has maintained its traditional commitment to excellence, but we are fully aware today’s society places new and greater demands on law enforcement.  That is why we have evolved into modern, full-service law enforcement agency made up of professionally trained men and women who use state-of-the-art technology and the latest, most advanced practices in the criminal justice field.”

“The most basic function of government is to protect its citizens.  That was true in Niagara County on March 1,

1808; it remains true today.  It will be the same tomorrow. Our complex contemporary way of life requires more resources to carry out the essential responsibility of safeguarding the people.  It is imperative to continue highly efficient road patrols, investigative services,

emergency dispatch services, the civil process for the courts and operation of a secure county jail.”

“To the people of Niagara County, please be assured the Sheriff’s Office will persist in its steadfast commitment to the highest possible quality of public safety.” 

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