QUEENSBURY - The New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Warren County this week, Sheriff Nathan "Bud" York has announced.
The Institute, which is non-profit, provides training programs and services for all counties, when those programs and services would be otherwise unavailable or impractical.
The Institute's flagship program is the Sheriffs' Summer Camp for children from families of limited income. The camp, in its 34th year, is located on Keuka Lake and 800 children from across the state attend each summer. The Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn't otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.
The Sheriffs' Camp program combines recreation and self-esteem development with activities designed to impart respect for laws and the men and women who enforce them.
"In these difficult economic times we can not forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation," Warren County Sheriff Bud York said in a prepared statement.
Also, the Sheriffs' Institute sponsors scholarships to Criminal Justice programs at state Community Colleges.
Those interested in supporting the efforts of the Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit www.sheriffs institute.org to download an application.