Resident Letter Archive

March 27th, 2018

A letter from George Herren

George Herren letter

Please feel free to contact me at BobGreenForSheriff@gmail.com.


Teaching on April 5th at the recruit class held at the Ontario County Training Center.
Great dialogue with the new recruits about the drug epidemic and the challenges facing them.
Wishing them the best in their endeavors!


Please feel free to contact me at BobGreenForSheriff@gmail.com.


March 19th, 2018

Greetings to everyone! I extend to you many thanks for taking the time to be here today!

So begins the journey! The journey to November 6th 2018 and onto January 1st 2019 to the Office of the Sheriff for Ontario County.

The position of Sheriff is an awesome and monumental responsibility. In declaring my candidacy, I understand and accept that responsibility. As the scales of Lady Justice set in balance a top the County Courthouse, I will continually make that my goal to represent all the residents - balance, equality and non-partisan representation.

We are a community, as so many other communities, struggling with an epidemic of Opioids and Opiates. The National Institute of Health relates the following:

“This issue has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences including increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses, as well as the rising incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use and misuse during pregnancy. The increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases including HIV and hepatitis C”

Furthermore:

Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetics such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.”

To the Drug dealers who wish to poison our county - I have but one wish for you: My sincerest hope is that as you cross the county line you will find in your rearview mirror a patrol car – it may be red and white with a big star on the door or it may be black and white, or it may be blue and gold. We will find you a stay – free of charge – at our facility in Hopewell. Included is a bunk bed, three squares a day, a toilet with no privacy and tiled floors that dictate where you can walk. We will provide free rides back and forth to court, and let you see your loved ones but only certain times of the week. We even have running water. Don’t let the robust corn and wheat fields confuse you or even the occasional call of a coyote in the distance distract you. There is 2 feet of reinforced concrete and barbed wire to protect you from the hungry critters.

As your Sheriff and as a current member of the NYS Sheriff’s Association I will seek out best practices from other Sheriff’s in NYS in addressing this crisis. As a current member of the National Sheriff’s Association, I will be involved in forums that seek answers from across the US. I will fight the drug dealers here at home, I will continue to be involved with local school forums in collaboration with Public Health, Mental Health, FLACRA, The Partnership for Ontario County, & Law Enforcement. I will support Drug Court, Veterans Court and other fundamental agencies that seek rehabilitation of non-violent individuals who wish a better life but do not have the resources for a renewed pathway.

The Campbell Implementation Commission was formed at the end of 2016 under the jurisdiction of the Public Safety Committee to identify and help implement ways to decrease the inmate population in the Ontario County jail.

As a member of the Campbell Commission, I will continue to support its Mission statement: Research, Review, Recommend and Evaluate options to decrease the jail population and meet the needs of unique constituencies vulnerable to incarceration consistent with public safety.

I will as your next Sheriff, be engaged with the Commission in:

  1. Evaluation of opioid court or enhanced drug court
  2. Implementation of centralized arraignment at the Ontario County Jail following approval by the Office of Court Administration
  3. Crisis Intervention Training for County police officers and other professional staff who encounter mentally ill persons
  4. Continue to promote the FLACRA mobile intervention team and peer to peer support program

As your Sheriff, I will continue to support active shooter training for all of our officers including multi agency responses. Active shooter training has been a mainstay for nearly 2 decades and continues today. I know because I helped design and begin the program.

As your Sheriff, the school resource officer program will have my continued support. During my time as Chairman of Public Safety, and with the efforts of others, saw this intervention implemented for all the school districts in the county.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s office is a multi-layered agency. Its components and responsibilities are many: A state of the art 911 center, a correction facility that has the ability to house up to 290 individuals, a civil division, a uniform road patrol, a criminal investigation division, Office of Court administration, support staff, and ancillary members that provide around the clock response and protection. How do I know this? Because I was a member of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Dept. for over 30 years. I know their procedures. I know who to go to get things done. My experience is Ontario County experience.

As your Sheriff, I will continue to work with the Finger Lakes law Enforcement Academy in their ongoing efforts to provide the best training possible to meet the needs and demands of the community. The accreditation process will continue as it provides a road map to the future.

As your next Sheriff, I will work hard, I will provide leadership, and I will continue to serve the County of Ontario. I have touched all aspects of the spectrum including the War on Terrorism. I chose to stay and serve our County - not leaving it for career advancement elsewhere. I have served in local and county government learning the trade of budgeting, grant applications, and the intricacies that supply the necessary elements to meet operational demands.

I look forward to 12:01 am, January 1, 2019.

Please feel free to contact me at BobGreenForSheriff@gmail.com.


Feb. 7th, 2018

Re: Update on Ontario County efforts to address addiction and mental health issues:

Efforts to reduce the number of non-violent inmates in the County jail has been ongoing for a number of years. Those efforts are producing dramatic results thanks to a number of stakeholders. We have seen County agencies come together to strategize, vet, and produce positive results. Treatment plans for substance abuse and mental health represent a corner post for reducing inmate population while addressing the core issues with treatment.

Stakeholders such as County Mental Health, Public Health, Public Defender’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, FLACRA, The Partnership for Ontario County, Probation, The Office of Sheriff, County Administrator’s Office, Local Justice Courts, Correctional Administrators, and members of Ontario County Public Safety, have all joined hands to seek and find solutions to addiction. Their efforts are ongoing and will continue. The current Campbell Commission of Ontario County provides the format and setting for all of these members.

Those efforts have been met with positive results. New and innovative methods such as electronic home monitoring (EHM), Drug Court, Veteran’s Court, week-end sentencing, Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), increased training for patrol and correctional deputies, will allow for intervention and treatment of our residents caught in the web of addiction.

Please take a moment to review the following data presented to the Campbell Commission of Ontario County:

Ontario County Jail Information

  • As of January 17, 2018: 141 inmates (34 women, 104 men, 3 minors housed out), Weekend high 156, 2 pods closed
  • In 2016 weekend highs approaching 250 inmates, week day highs were over 200 inmates
  • By Fall 2017 inmates totals were 90-100 fewer inmates over 2016 on a given day
  • Women are approximately 25% of the population
  • Last year 85% of inmates self-reported substance use/abuse issues upon admission to jail
  • Last year 25% of inmates reported a diagnosed mental illness

The Campbell Implementation Commission

The Campbell Implementation Commission was formed at the end of 2016 under the jurisdiction of the Public Safety Committee to identify and help implement ways to decrease the inmate population in the Ontario County jail.

Its Mission Statement: Research, Review, Recommend and Evaluate options to decrease the jail population and meet the needs of unique constituencies vulnerable to incarceration consistent with public safety.

Campbell Implementation Commission programs 2017:

  1. Trust Accounts - 72 trust accounts, $26,000 collected, $13,000 paid out to victims and courts
  2. Weekend Alternative with FLACRA – 9-18 participants per weekend required to attend both Saturday and Sunday. Saved 712 jail days and nearly $125,000.
  3. Pretrial enhanced electronic home monitoring – 1-5 persons at any time. Saved 954 jail days and over $165,000.
  4. Sheriff asked law enforcement agencies to maximize use of appearance tickets (versus incarceration for a variety of non-violent charges)
  5. Ontario County became a “Stepping Up” county committed to addressing needs of mentally ill persons in our jail
  6. Ontario County continues to utilize alternative courts: drug, mental health and veterans courts

Future programs for 2018:

  1. Full service syringe exchange/dropoff outreach programs in Geneva (at FLACRA) and Canandaigua (Fire Department) through Trillium. They will also provide information on inpatient and outpatient substance abuse services
  2. Evaluation of opioid court or enhanced drug court
  3. Implementation of centralized arraignment at the Ontario County Jail following approval by the Office of Court Administration
  4. Crisis Intervention Training for County police officers and other professional staff who encounter mentally ill persons
  5. Continue to promote the FLACRA mobile intervention team and peer to peer support program

As a member of the Campbell Commission and as an elected Sheriff of this County, I will continue to fight for and contribute to all of these ongoing efforts.

Respectfully,
Bob Green

Please feel free to contact me at BobGreenForSheriff@gmail.com.


January 16, 2018

It is with sincere appreciation that I want to acknowledge Sheriff Povero. His accomplishments are many and will have positive impacts for years to come not only on the Sheriff’s Office, but to the community.

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Phil at the Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years and have interacted with him as Chairman of Public Safety on numerous issues including grant applications and other cost saving measures. The Sheriff has to his credit such programs as the School Resource Officer, The DARE Program and many innovations that have been acknowledged locally and at the State level. (Grover Cleveland Award – NYS Sheriff’s Association)

As a new page of life unfolds for Phil, I wish to now announce my candidacy for Office of the Sheriff in 2018. It will be imperative for me as Sheriff to maintain the momentum and stewardship that the community has come to expect of the Sheriff’s office.

My wife Linda and I have made this a joint decision and will be actively pursuing my candidacy. I chose a full career in the Sheriff’s Office working in line supervision as well as administration. During that career, I was involved in every division of the Department. I later continued to serve in the Office of Homeland Security specializing in Terrorism and related subject matter.

It is important to emphasize that my interaction continues with the Sheriff’s Department as Chairman of Public Safety. My responsibilities include work on funding, budgets and grants which are all reviewed by the committee. This process is an integral part of the organization.

The Sheriff’s Office has many layers of responsibility. Law enforcement represents only a portion. The Sheriff of Ontario County is also responsible for the 9-1-1 center, security for the Office of Court Administration, Corrections, Civil division, Criminal Investigations, Marine and Recreational, Drug Enforcement, support staff, pistol permits, as well as background investigations for county positions and local fire departments. The 9-1-1 center alone supports the Ontario County Sheriff’s Dept., two City police Depts., State Police, 28 Fire Depts., EMS agencies, together with other ancillary agencies.

The Sheriff is an administrative position and requires intimate knowledge not only of the department, but the support structure of County Government. The Sheriff reports and coordinates with Personnel, Ways and Means (budget/finance), Public Safety, and other committees in order to secure the mechanisms that keep the department moving forward.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Dept. employs nearly 300 personnel and can be responsible for upwards of 250 inmates. The newly passed “Raise the Age” legislation has now placed special requirements on the department as it relates to non-violent 16 and 17 year olds. The legislation not only touches the Office of Sheriff, but also places demands on Probation, the County Attorney, Mental Health and other County agencies. Facilities must be in place by Oct 2018. The funding for this legislation will be a struggle to obtain from Albany and now falls to the local taxpayer. Knowledge of the tax cap process and its relationship to the overall county budget is paramount for the next Sheriff.

I would be remiss in not addressing the heroin/opiate crisis. It is clearly a crisis and has affected me personally having attended 4 memorial services in the last 14 months for individuals that I knew. The Partnership for Ontario County, FLACRA, faith based organizations, mental and public health, law enforcement, parents, teachers, all seek reassuring answers. We are addressing the issue with education, rehabilitation, and training for our deputies (both correctional and road divisions). The battle against addiction must include family involvement and support as the first line of defense.

The late Dr. Ben Lankheet and I worked collaboratively to help solidify acquisition and training for the Sheriff’s Dept. on life saving AED’s. You can now rest assured that patrol cars are adequately staffed with AED’s and personnel that know how to use the equipment.

The Office of the Sheriff is a monumental responsibility. It is not to be taken in a cavalier attitude. If elected Sheriff, the position of Undersheriff will be selected by me not on campaign contributions or promises, but on skill, experience, dedication to the department, and dedication to our communities.

Please feel free to contact me at BobGreenForSheriff@gmail.com.



Bob Green for Ontario County Sheriff 2018