The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive by mail in Wayne County this month. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all sheriffs’ offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive by mail in Wayne County this month. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all sheriffs’ offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.

One of the best programs provided by the Sheriffs’ Institute is the sheriffs’ summer camp for economically challenged children. The sheriffs’ camp, in its 35th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and I hosted 10 children from Wayne County last summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay.

The sheriffs’ camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self esteem.

Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact me if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit the Sheriffs’ Institute website at www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.

All donations made to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute are tax deductible. In addition, Sheriffs’ Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.

Contact me at 946-5797 or bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have.