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Sheriff’s Across State Call For End of ‘Open Season on Police Officers’ – Cites Four Officer Deaths in Past Month


The President of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, Sheriff Craig DuMond, is calling on state lawmakers to prioritize both the safety of law enforcement officers and end the dangerous trend of violence against them. Sheriff DuMond is the current Sheriff of Delaware County.

“End the open season on law enforcement,” Sheriff DuMond said. “Our communities deserve nothing less.”

Sheriff’s throughout the state joined DuMond during the press conference, including Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms. He noted incidents have recently claimed the lives of four officers throughout the state, including Officer Michael Jensen with the Syracuse Police Department and Lieutenant Michael Hoosock of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

Additionally, DuMond cited the ambush on Albany Police Officer, Jonathan Damphier, who was shot during a traffic stop; he remains hospitalized. There was also Investigator Mike Theetge of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office who suffered serious injuries during a retail theft investigation; he too remains hospitalized.

“These officers were heroes, dedicated to safeguarding our communities,”

Sheriff DuMond stated.

Sheriff DuMond called for immediate attention and action by the State Legislature. Calls for mandatory life without parole for anyone convicted of killing police officers intentionally, and to deny the release for those convicted of gun crimes. Lawmakers were also urged to revisit the state’s bail reform and the age of criminal responsibility.

“To restore balance to our approach to criminal justice, we must empower judges to assess dangerousness and make informed decisions on bail eligibility,”

Sheriff DuMond continued.

“As state lawmakers prepare to reconvene on May 6, it’s imperative for citizens to voice their support for measures aimed at protecting law enforcement officers. Sheriff DuMond and other police executives are urging the public to reach out to their representatives and emphasize the importance of prioritizing public safety. By engaging with legislators and advocating for policies that safeguard those who protect our communities, we can ensure that our voices are heard and meaningful action is taken.”

According to a release by the NY Sheriff’s Association.

The New York Sheriff’s Association is a not-for-profit organization whose focus is to assist sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of service to the public. The organization says it comprises all 58 elected and appointed sheriff’s within the state and has been in operation since 1934.

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