During my career, one of the more challenging assignments was being appointed to the Erie County Bike Path Killer Task Force.
This team was composed of local, county and state investigators.
Our cohesive unit banded together for one common goal: to catch a brutal serial killer/rapist that headlined the news week after week.
With an otherwise very safe community on high alert, there was a tremendous amount of pressure to apprehend this dangerous criminal.
We were able to develop a suspect, collect DNA evidence and put together a solid case which ultimately led to the successful capture and prosecution of Altimeo Sanchez.
Sanchez was sentenced and will spend the rest of his life in prison for his heinous crimes.
I plan to utilize my experience and success with this nationally recognized task force as a model for future investigations that require multi-agency collaboration.
In addition to my role with the Amherst Police Department, I began to offer my time as an instructor at the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy around 20 years ago.
This academy trains officers for the City of Buffalo and all surrounding municipalities as well as SUNY University Police Departments.
Eight years ago my role there expanded.
I was hired as a part-time on-staff instructor, now one of the primary instructors.
In my strong desire to best serve the larger Western New York community, I realized I could impact young officers with the type of training that would serve as the foundation for professional and respectful interactions with the community throughout their careers.
At the end of the day, police officers are citizens of the communities they serve and genuinely good people.
My objective has always been to educate these officers and help them understand not only the laws they will be tasked to uphold, but the best way to enforce those laws so that each public interaction is met with the level of respect and courtesy the public expects.
I not only educate the incoming officers in the New York State penal code, but teach some of the most critical aspects of their jobs with respect to “use of force”, “de-escalation techniques.”
During my time as an instructor, I have helped shape the minds of over 1000 officers in Erie County and beyond with a professional ethos that should serve the community well.
A final thought I would like to leave with you...
I strongly believe in the accountability for the Sheriff and the accountability with which the Sheriff must hold each individual in the department.
I will expect officers to be accountable to one another and to the public who often and rightfully expect the best.
I pride myself on my work ethic and ability to empower and develop subordinates.
Every department is only as strong as its weakest officer.
The impressions each officer makes on the community not only speaks for every other officer in the department, but for all officers across the country.
I plan to produce a better service to the citizens of Erie County, thereby improving the public perception of the Sheriff's Office, especially the Jail Management Division.
Once mended, we can move forward together towards a better, safer and more united community.
Please contact me to voice your suggestions or concerns, as well as your positive feedback.