The New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute will begin its annual honorary membership drive in Cattaraugus County soon, according to Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb.
The New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, 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.
Among its programs is the Sheriffs' Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs' Camp, in its 37th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York state attend each summer. The Sheriffs' Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn't otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.
"In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation," Whitcomb said. "By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs' Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children."
In addition, the Sheriffs' Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State's Community College's Criminal Justice Programs. The program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.
For more information about the Sheriffs' Summer Camp and other Sheriffs' Institute Programs, visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org.
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 invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute by becoming an honorary member should contact the sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.
All donations made to the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute are tax deductible. In addition, the institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau.