Niagara Gazette

Opinion

March 17, 2014

COPS NOTEBOOK: Dedicated deputy gets his due

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That was no surprise. It’s never about Tom, but it’s always about the sheriff’s office of the men and women under his command. 

The deflecting the glory is always the truest sign of a great leader.

Beatty joined the office in 1978, after he earned an Associate in Science degree in criminal justice from Niagara County Community College. He graduated from the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, which he would later lead, In 1979 and got a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Niagara University while working his way through the ranks of the sheriff’s office. 

I first met Tom when he was at the academy. He used me to teach young recruits and seasoned supervisors alike how to deal with the news media. 

Tom believed I had valuable knowledge to share with members of law enforcement. I relished the opportunity to interact with them. 

Communication is, after all, a two-way street. I was always happy to hear from Tom and help him out.

Beatty is also Voutour’s liaison to the Niagara County Legislature. To me, that sounds like a thankless job.

Not to Tom. He has succeeded in representing the sheriff’s office interests like no one else.

Oh, and have I mentioned Beatty’s ability to track down cash, like a bloodhound, and bring it back to Niagara County. 

Grants that Beatty has secured have helped to pay for the sheriff’s office new state-of-the-art mobile command post. 

County Legislator David Godfrey, who chairs that body’s public safety committee, estimates that Beatty’s work has brought $10 million in grant money into Niagara County.

“The legislature is mighty proud of Tom,” Godfrey said.

In addition to the Draxler Award, Beatty has also received the Sheriff’s Distinguished Service Award, the Sheriff’s Office Craig C. Harmon Award for “his commitment to overall excellence to duty, his community, co-workers and family.”

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