Tonawanda News — Niagara County Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti, along with 36 undersheriffs from across New York State, recently attended a training conference at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs.
The program provides the undersheriffs with training in the latest advances in law enforcement and correctional practices and a forum to discuss current issues influencing members of their ranks.
Topics covered at the three-day program included the discovery rules for police in a high-tech environment, next generation 911 issues and updates on homeland security labor, freedom of information and retirement laws, as well as personnel and budget issues.
“The undersheriff is appointed by the county sheriff and most often functions as the chief administrative officer,” said Sheriffs’ Association President and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith. “In this role, undersheriffs review all operations of the sheriff’s office, including the sheriffs’ road patrol and investigative divisions, the county jail, the civil law enforcement division, court security, and 911/communications and dispatch division,” he said.
Representatives of several federal and state agencies met with the group, including the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Department of State, and the Comptroller’s Office and was sponsored and organized by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute.