MALONE — The state Sheriffs’ Institute “within the next 10 days” will start up its annual Honorary Membership drive in Franklin County, Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill said in a prepared statement.
Its flagship program, the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is for “economically challenged children,” according to the sheriff’s office. “Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.”
The camp is in its 45th year and located on Keuka Lake. Approximately 840 children from across the state attend each summer.
The camp combines summer recreation with activities, “designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self esteem,” according to the release.
The camp’s entire cost is paid by the Sheriffs’ Institute.
“In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Mulverhill said. “By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”
Mulverhill could not be reached Tuesday for further comment.
The Sheriffs’ Institute also operates a scholarship program, which provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs.
The Sheriffs’ Institute offers centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices that would otherwise be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis, according to Mulverhill’s press release.
The state’s Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979. It’s a not-for-profit, tax exempt organization. Contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.