BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – Monday, the Steuben County Sheriff's Office received state recognition for excellence.

During the regular session of the Steuben County Legislature, the Sheriff's Office's civil and corrections divisions were re-accredited and the court security division was accredited.

“You have an outstanding Sheriff and Sheriff’s Office here in Steuben County, both of which are well respected locally, as you know, but also throughout the State,” state Sheriffs Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe.

Additionally, Kehoe said less than half of all county sheriff offices have been accredited.

To be accredited, the divisions underwent inspections by an outside, independent board of assessors which reviewed the agency's operations under “very stringent set of standards and best practices developed by experts in law enforcement”.

Kehoe also said while the public is “aware of the dangers and interpersonal challenges faced by road patrol deputies, members of the civil and corrections departments also deal with hazardous events and human relations”.
He added that the excellence of all departments is “due to their dedication to the welfare of county residents and the strong support of the people and county Legislature”.

Sheriff Jim Allard thanked Kehoe for the recognition, saying, “I am proud and honored to be a member of this outstanding group of men and women.”