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February 28, 2011

Oswego County Sheriff's Office Receives Accreditation from NYSSA

The Oswego County Sheriff's Office received a civil division accreditation award from the New York State Sheriffs' Association. Pictured from left are: Deputy Cory Monroe, Undersheriff Robert Lighthall, Sheriff Reuel Todd and NYSSA Executive Director Peter Kehoe.

The Oswego County Sheriff's Office recently received accreditation for their civil division from the New York State Sheriffs' Association (NYSSA). The award was presented by Peter R. Kehoe, executive director of the NYSSA at the February meeting of the Oswego County Legislature. Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd, Undersheriff Robert J. Lighthall and Oswego County Deputy Cory Monroe accepted the honor and spoke about the program.

"The New York State Sheriffs' Association developed several accreditation programs to help various divisions run efficiently and properly," said Deputy Cory Monroe, accreditation program manager. "This particular program contains 121 standards with detailed requirements for the operation of the Sheriff's Civil Division. Each of these standards must be met to in order to receive the initial accreditation and must be maintained in order to be re-accredited every five years."

The Sheriff's Office Civil Division serves and executes civil court processes; such as summonses, evictions and orders. It is also responsible for collecting and accounting for monies received in the enforcement of civil judgments.

Oswego County Undersheriff Robert Lighthall said, "The accreditation programs offered by the New York State Sheriffs' Association are nationally recognized and highly regarded among law enforcement agencies. Our office was awarded accreditation for law enforcement in 1989 and has now received the honor for our Civil Division."

This is an important distinction for the Oswego County Sheriff's Office. There are 58 sheriff's offices throughout New York State and only 28 have law enforcement accreditation. Civil division accreditation has been awarded to 19 of them and a mere 16 have received both accreditations.

"Everyone on our staff works hard every day to make the Oswego County Sheriff's Office one of the best and most professional organizations in the state," said Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd. "This honor speaks to their dedication and commitment to serving the residents of Oswego County."

The promotion of public confidence is just one of the advantages this accreditation brings to the county.

According to Linda Lockwood, chairwoman of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee, "Other benefits include increased effectiveness and efficiency of the department as well as lower insurance costs for the county."

The Oswego County Legislature's Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee oversees the Sheriff's Office. In addition to Legislator Lockwood, the committee includes Vice Chairwoman Margaret Kastler, District 1; Shawn Doyle, District 3; Mary Flett, District 17; Kevin Gardner, District 13; John Martino, District 6; and Amy Tresidder, District 16.

For more information, call the Oswego County Sheriff's Office at 315-349-3307 or 1-800-582-7583.

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