Acting Sheriff Michael Filicetti announced the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, Inc. will begin its annual membership drive in Niagara County within the next ten (10) days:
“The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible. The NYS Sheriffs’ Institute is registered with the NYS Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. While the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level.
“The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis. The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children.
“The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 44th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience. The Sheriffs’ Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self-esteem.”