11/15/17, by Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour
We recently sat down with Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour to talk about the business of being sheriff. During the interview, he shared stories that have shaped him and his law enforcement career. An excerpt from that interview follows:
Any cop can tell you about the cases and people who have helped to shape them—their attitudes, beliefs, and the ones that push you to do better every day. Back in 1982 in Niagara County, a little boy named Russell Mort went missing. He has never been found, and no one has been convicted of his kidnapping. Although this crime happened long before Sheriff Voutour was an officer, it’s still an open, active case the Niagara County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) works on to this day.
“Russel was only 2 years-old when he went missing,” said Sheriff Voutour. “Before I leave office, I’d really like to see us be able to give some peace to his family.”
To survive the things they see day in and day out, cops need to be tough and somewhat callous.
“It doesn’t mean we don’t care—it’s self-preservation really,” said Sheriff Voutour. “You learn to compartmentalize and not get personally involved because you know that the next day there will be another case that needs your attention and you’ll need to move on. It’s not heartless. You just can’t bring everything home.”
Deputy Incardona was killed on July 22,
He said, “I never take for granted the privilege to serve, the danger associated with the job, or the honor it is to be a part of the NCSO.”
For more information, visit the Niagara County Sheriff's Office website or follow Sheriff Voutour and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office on Twitter (@NiagaraSheriff, @sheriffvoutour), Facebook and Instagram (niagarasheriff).