November 2021, Monthly Newsletter From Sheriff Jim Allard

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County. Halloween has come and gone, with all of the celebrations associated with it, the Sheriff’s Office happily participating in Trunk and Treats in our county. The weather in October was challenging, from 80 degrees and sunny to morning frosts and torrential rains. With the fall weather, the deer have begun to move in earnest. Please remember when driving to watch for deer, and always watch for the second one after seeing the first!
October was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office. Our investigators were tasked with six death investigations, three burglary investigations, a rape investigation, two animal cruelty investigations involving the rescue of animals and eight welfare fraud cases. Our Patrol Division was tasked with traffic and crowd control at the Wineglass Marathon, conducting the prescription drug take back event and assisting our investigators and the SPCA and Humane Society in the two major animal cruelty investigations. Our Office was again blessed with the partnership and assistance provided by our Volunteer Fire Services, Emergency Management Office, New York State Police and the Finger Lakes SPCA and Hornell Humane Society.
The Axon Body Camera system was installed and is now fully operational for the Patrol Division. A tremendous thank you to Corning Incorporated for funding this equipment for all of Steuben County law enforcement. Sheriff Allard presented at several more town, village and city boards and councils concerning the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act, as well as reporting on the Sheriff’s Office updates occurring over the past five years. Sheriff Allard also participated in “Coffee with the Chiefs and Sheriff” in Hornell with Chief Murray and Chief Amidon. Many thanks to JC’s Café for hosting, to Chief Murray and Chief Amidon for the invitation, and to all those that took the time to stop in and say hello. We welcomed a new School Resource Officer to the SCSO team, retired Sergeant Matt Linehan, previously of the Hornell City Police Department. Officer Linehan will be protecting the BOCES Wildwood Campus.
In October, the Steuben County law enforcement community lost a venerated and esteemed member, Retired Chief Kerry Pebbles. Chief Pebbles was a former deputy and investigator for the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, a two time Chief of the Wayland Police Department and OIC of the Cohocton Police Department. Chief Pebbles affected many careers and was a leader in his community. He will be greatly missed.
November brings back the winter uniform to the Sheriff’s Office. You will see deputies and correction officers sporting beards and goatees, as well as long sleeved shirts and ties.
Tomorrow is election day. Please meet your civic responsibility and vote. Make sure to read the propositions on the back of the ballot and make your voice heard on those also. November 11th is Veteran’s Day and Sheriff Allard will be speaking at the Corning Veterans Day Ceremony while the Honor Guard will be presenting the colors at the Bath American Legion Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Please take the time to thank a veteran for his or her service and keep all those who have lost family members in your thoughts and prayers.
November also brings Thanksgiving. Please travel safely and celebrate responsibly. Give extra time for travel as the weather gets colder and make sure your vehicle is ready for cold weather and slippery conditions. Please make sure that you pre-plan your travelling to and from festivities and ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.
In our Civil Office, the New York State eviction moratorium continues with exceptions. If you are a landlord and wish to receive further information regarding the moratorium exceptions, please contact your legal representation for clarification. We continue to receive updates regarding the status of our property owner’s and tenant’s rights.
Have a safe and happy November everyone,
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard
Seen below, Officer Linehan and the Drug Take Back Day