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The Sheriffs' Institute Awards Program

Each year the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute awards recognize acts of valor and heroism, careers spent in service and dedication, and programs that raise the bar. Each and every recipient has gone above and beyond the call of duty, elevating the difficult work of Sheriffs Offices. In recognizing them, we hope to shine the light of their service on the many small selfless acts that are carried out around our state each day by sheriff’s office employees.



Sheriff's Award Program Brings Statewide Recognition Home

Deputy of the Year

First presented in 1977, this award recognizes one deputy sheriff each year for an act of exceptional valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty, in the previous calendar year. Genesee County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Parker received the award in 2017.

2017 Deputy of the Year
2017 Deputy of the Year, Genesee County Deputy Christopher Parker, Genesee County Sheriff Bill Sheron, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike Herkimer, County Sheriff Chris Farber
The Carl Draxler Award

First presented in 1982, this award recognizes one sheriff’s office employee each year for exceptional achievement over the course of their career, demonstrated by conscientious devotion to duty and a spirit of selfless public service. The award is named for the late Chemung County Sheriff Carl Draxler, who personified these qualities. Columbia County Captain Thomas Lanphear received the award in 2017.

2017 Carl Draxler Award
2017 Carl Draxler Award, Columbia County Captain Thomas Lanphear
Civil Deputy of the Year

First presented in 1993, this award recognizes a civil deputy who has exhibited exceptional dedication and leadership over the course of their career to civil law enforcement either in their own county or statewide through involvement in training and accreditation programs. Westchester County Police Officer Anthony Mara received the award in 2017.

2017 Civil Deputy Award
2017 Civil Deputy of the Year, Westchester Mara
Correction Officer of the Year

First presented in 1995, this award recognizes a correction officer or deputy sheriff for an act of extraordinary valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty, during the previous calendar year, or for demonstrating exceptional dedication and leadership over the course of their career. Ontario County Chief Alice Haskins received the award in 2017.

2017 Correction Office Award
2017 Correction Officer of the Year, Ontario County Chief Alice Haskins, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero Herkimer, County Sheriff Chris Farber
Emergency Communicator of the Year

First presented in 2003, this award recognizes an Emergency Communications Center member for an act of exceptional valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty, during the previous calendar year, or for demonstrating exceptional dedication and leadership over the course of their career. Schoharie County Emergency Service Dispatchers Travis Hofman and Lena Lansing received the award in 2017.

2017 Emergency Communicator Award
2017 Emergency Communicator Award Schoharie, County Dispatcher Travis Hofman
Court Officer of the Year

First presented in 1997, this award recognizes a sheriff’s court security officer for demonstrating exceptional dedication and leadership over the course of their career or for an act of exceptional valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty, in the previous calendar year. Monroe County Deputy Richard Kellar received the award in 2017.

2017 Court Officer Award
2017 Court Officer of the Year, Monroe County Deputy Richard Kellar
Innovative Program Award
2017 Innovative Program Award - Moss
2017 Innovative Program Award, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss
2017 Innovative Program Award - Alabany
2017 Innovative Program Award, Albany County

First presented in 2011, this award recognizes a sheriff’s office for developing and implementing an outstanding specialized program that benefits their community and has potential to be implemented by sheriffs around the state. Examples include programs that address domestic violence, crime prevention, at-risk youth, the need of seniors, or initiatives that save tax dollars. Two programs received the award in 2017: Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple’s Second Chance - Inmates Rebuilding Our Communities inmate employment initiative and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss’ Operation H.O.P.E. herion/opiate epidemic initiative.

2017 Innovative Program Award - Albany - Apple
2017 Innovative Program Award, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple
2017 Innovative Program Award - Albany
2017 Innovative Program, Albany
Vine Coordinator of the Year
2017 VINE Saratoga
2017 VINE Saratoga, Emery Corbett
2017 VINE Coordinator Award
2017 VINE Coordinator of the Year, Saratoga County Colonel Richard Emery

First presented in 2005, this award recognizes a sheriff’s VINE coordinator for exceptional dedication and commitment to the work of the VINE program. Saratoga County Colonel Richard Emery and Captain Marc Corbett received the award in 2017.

Sheriff Grover Cleveland Award
2017 Grover Cleveland Award
2017 Grover Cleveland Award, Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero
2017 Grover Cleveland Award - Spike - Povero
2017 Grover Cleveland Award, Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike

Our most prestigious award, the Sheriff Grover Cleveland Award is named for the only sheriff to go on to serve as president of the United States. President Cleveland’s biographer Allen Nevins wrote: “in Grover Cleveland the greatness lies in the typical rather than unusual qualities...he possessed honesty, courage, firmness, independence and common sense. But he possessed them to a degree other men do not.” Only 6 sheriffs have received this honor. They are: former Saratoga County Sheriff James Bowen; former Livingston County Sheriff John York; former Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh; former Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha; and Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero.

2017 Grover Cleveland Award - Povero - Farber
2017 Grover Cleveland Award, Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero Herkimer, County Sheriff Chris Farber
2017 Grover Cleveland Award - Povero's
2017 Grover Cleveland Award, Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero, Cynthia Povero