The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute provides the only statewide training programs for Sheriffs’ civil personnel in the State of New York. Subject matters include introduction to civil process; service of process; service and enforcement of income and property executions; service and enforcement of eviction warrants; service and enforcement of arrest warrants; service of Family Court process; sales of personal and real property to satisfy judgments; service and enforcement of provisional remedies including orders of attachment and orders of seizure; calculation of Sheriffs’ fees; accounting and bookkeeping practices for Sheriffs’ civil office personnel; legal liability for improper collection or remission of fees collected by the Sheriff’s Office; supervisory control of civil division matters; development of supervisory policies and procedures for all civil division matters needed by civil division chiefs; and development and review of supervisory materials needed by Undersheriffs and Sheriffs.

Our schools include a two-week training program for entry level deputy sheriffs and civilian personnel working in Sheriffs’ civil divisions; a one-week training for supervisory personnel in those divisions, one-day “refresher” courses, and one-day training programs for Sheriffs and Undersheriffs. Since 1977, when our related not-for-profit corporation, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, started these programs, we have held over 60 civil schools, and have trained about 1,400 Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, deputies and civilian personnel in these civil school programs.