LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Sheriff Thomas Dougherty and his staff at the Sheriff’s Office were awarded by the New York State Sheriff’s Association on Wednesday for the re-accreditation of their Corrections Division, maintaining full accreditation of all five of their divisions.
Peter Kehoe, Executive Director of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, said that Livingston County is fortunate to have one of four Sheriff’s Offices in the state with full accreditation of Law Enforcement, 911 Center, Court Security, Civil and Corrections Divisions.
“This should serve as a reminder that you have a great Sheriff and a great Sheriff’s Office,” said Kehoe. “To become accredited, the division must adhere to a high set of standards including 166 individual components, submitting to scrutiny by an outside agency. I also wish to congratulate the Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Livingston County, for without your moral support these accomplishments would not be possible.”
Kehoe gave special congratulations to the Corrections staff at the Livingston County Jail for maintaining accreditation.
“I think it is particularly important to recognize corrections officers,” said Kehoe. “They are often the unsung heroes that do their work locked up behind bars with the worst people in society. But they also remember that some of the people at the jail are actually innocent, and the innocent and guilty are deserving of equally dignified treatment.”
Sheriff Dougherty said that the highest honor should be extended to the members of the Sheriff’s Office whose work makes accreditation possible.
“The credit isn’t with the Sheriff, it’s with our hard working members,” said Sheriff Dougherty. “Their tremendous amount of work makes it all possible.”
Also present and honored were Undersheriff Matthew Bean, Chief Deputy Jason Yasso of the Corrections Dicision, Sergeant Jeremy Slocum of the Court Security Division, and Sergeant Jeff Hammond of the Corrections Division.