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Sheriff Helms leads discussion on county law enforcement

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Last night, Cortland County held a virtual meeting with the Sheriff’s Office that included a presentation and Q&A session with members of the public.

Sheriff Mark Helms led off the forum by discussing the inner-workings of his department and exactly what he and his staff are responsible for.

(Helms presents at last night’s virtual forum)

“I don’t think many people really know what it is that we do as a whole,” Helms said. “Especially as a sheriff’s office — our duties are much different than other local and state police agencies.”

The meeting lasted over two hours and ended with questions from the community.

One inquiry came from Legislator Beau Harbin, who asked Sheriff Helms if he supported the use of body cameras.

“I do and I would love to see the funding to be able to get them. I know that’s probably the biggest hurdle,” responded Helms. “It comes with a few headaches, but overall I think it’s the direction a lot of people are heading in and that it would be great for everybody.”

A full video recording of last night’s meeting can be found at this link.


Meanwhile, City of Cortland police will hold their third community forum tomorrow night.

Agencies across the state are doing so in line with Governor Cuomo’s Police Reform and Reinvention mandate.

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