"Sheriff's Week," proclaimed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is being celebrated this week in Niagara County.
"The office of sheriff is the only law enforcement chief executive officer elected by the people. As such, there is a unique bond between the people and the sheriff," said Sheriff James Voutour.
Niagara County and the Niagara County Office of the Sheriff both came into existence on March 11, 1808.
"The Niagara County Office of the Sheriff has maintained its traditional commitment to excellence, but we are fully aware today's society places new and greater demands on law enforcement. That is why we have evolved into modern, full-service law enforcement agency made up of professionally trained men and women who use state-of-the-art technology and the latest, most advanced practices in the criminal justice field," Voutour said.
Tenth District Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey presented the proclamation honoring the sheriff's office to Voutour at Tuesday's legislative meeting. From left are Godfrey, Voutour, Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti, Chief Deputy Thomas C. Beatty, Chief Deputy Steven C. Preisch and Chief Jail Administrator Kevin M. Payne.