Niagara Gazette

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March 17, 2014

COPS NOTEBOOK: Dedicated deputy gets his due

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He was the first recipient of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services John Kimball O’Neill Certificate of Achievement for “dedication and professionalism.” Beatty also led the successful reaccreditation of the sheriff’s office by the state.

The sheriff also told me that Tom was responsible for convincing him to leave the Jamestown Police Department and return home to Niagara County.

While Beatty hasn’t shown any indication that he might step away anytime soon, Voutour said the word “retirement” did come up in a conversation in the last year. 

“I told him to forget it,’ Voutour said. “I said I wouldn’t sign the (retirement) papers.”

That’s some of the best news I’ve heard in awhile. Selfishly, I don’t want Tom to leave either.

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