Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David W. Harrison, Jr., SHERIFF                     James R. Sweet, UNDERSHERIFF
Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534
                                                       SHERIFF’S OFFICE TRAINING
                                                         June 29, 2007
Greenport, NY     Sheriff David Harrison, Jr. reports on training that Deputy Sheriff's and Correction Officers have
completed in the first half of 2007.  Since January, some of the training that Correction Officers have completed
include Cross Gender Supervision, Legal Issues, First Aide/CPR/AED, Bloodborne Pathogens and Defensive
Tactics.  In May, Deputy Sheriffs completed their annual forty hours of In-Service training which included, gang
awareness, building searches, CPR/AED, National Incident Management System, legal issues and updates, drug
trends and awareness, less than lethal devices, wildland search and global positioning systems, statewide law
enforcement records management, firearms and defensive tactics.  Included with Deputy Sheriff and Correction
Officer Instructors who conducted and assisted in the training were; Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael
Cozzolino, NYS Forest Ranger Chris DiCintio and capital district gang expert Ron “Cook” Barrett.  Barrett is a City
of Albany Department of Youth Senior Gang Prevention Specialist assigned to the Capital Region Gang Prevention
(contributed photo).  Mr. Barrett is known in the northeast as a top expert on gang awareness and has
spoken nationally on these subjects.

In addition to in-service training, members of the Sheriff’s Office have attended various specialized training

•    Correction Officer Thomas Buckley and Deputy Sheriff Donald Krapf attended Capital District Gang
         Intelligence training.
•    Correction Officer Chirs Harris attended Tactical Medic training.
•    Deputy Sheriffs Patrick Logue and Brian Molinski attended FBI SWAT training.
•    Sergeants Michael Merante and William Zincio attended NYS Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force
         Response to Terrorist Bombing Awarness training.
•    Sergeant John DeRocha and Inv. Mark Dunspaugh attended Animal Abuse Case Investigation training.
•    Deputy Sheriffs Wendy Moon and Scott Leggett attended training and are now certified as Child Seat Safety
         Technicians, (they join Sgt John Rustici and Deputy Sheriff William Dunspaugh who are already certified).
•    Deputy Sheriff Moon also completed training and is certified as a DARE instructor.
•    Sheriff Harrison and Law Enforcement Captain David Bartlett attended School Safety training.
•    Jennette Shumsky attended Civil training and Sergeant John Rustici attended Civil Supervisors training.

Sheriff Harrison reports that in February of this year approximately one hundred five (105) police officers from the
Sheriff’s Office, NYS State Police, Albany ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement), Hudson, Chatham,
Philmont, Greenport, and Copake police departments participated in Active Shooter training conducted at various
schools in Columbia County.  He says that the training in Columbia County was initiated by the Sheriff’s Office six
years ago in response to changes made in law enforcement tactics after the Columbine School incident.  
Sheriff Harrison explains that this training has progressed to the point where it is now presented in the Zone 14
Police Academy for new recruits and is conducted every other year as a county law enforcement in-service
interactive training.  He says that this year, Sgt. William Zincio and Inv. Anthony Brahm, instructors from the Sheriff’
s Office worked with members of the State Police in Livingston, Kinderhook and New Lebanon, Hudson and
Chatham Police to conduct the training which was held at various schools in the county during their winter break.  
The Sheriff describes this training as an organized method in which first responding police officers can effectively
engage an act of violence which is in progress in a school or other large complex that has many people.  He said
that the cooperation amongst police agencies is the best it’s been, and credits the commanders and officers of the
Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in Columbia County for this.