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March 12, 2008

Sheriff Reuel Todd Announces Membership Drive

The New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership Drive in Oswego County within the next two weeks according to Sheriff Reuel A. Todd. The New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.

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.

Each summer the Sheriffs' Institute sends disadvantaged children from Oswego County to summer camp. Camp Iroquois, located on Keuka Lake, is celebrating is 32nd Anniversary and has served nearly 16,000 boys and girls. The camp combines summer recreation with programs 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 and a real emphasis on the development of self-esteem.

The Sheriffs' Institute also provides a scholarship at each of our state's community colleges for a deserving Criminal Justice student interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. In 2007, this scholarship was awarded to Karen Burden, a student residing in Oswego County, and attending Cayuga Community College at Fulton, NY.

Financial support for many of the Sheriffs' Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs' Association by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail.

The New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau.

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