Two employees of the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office attended the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute recently for a week-long basic school for deputy sheriffs and civilian staff who work in sheriffs’ civil divisions.
Kristina Barton and Megan Murray were among 41 staff from sheriff’s offices around the state to attend the program, which is required training for counties seeking civil office accreditation, a program provided by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.
All Sheriffs have civil law enforcement functions, which include the service of process, enforcement of judgments, and other court orders and mandates. The school covered records on such items as judgment interest, fees collected for the county, and disbursements to judgment creditors. It also covered some of the more difficult and time-consuming cases that sheriffs face in their civil divisions.
The Sheriffs' Association Institute has provided civil law enforcement training for thirty years, and has trained over 2,000 Deputy Sheriffs and their employees. It provides the only statewide training program for civil deputies, and is provided without charge to any civil personnel nominated for the school by a Sheriff.