|Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David W. Harrison, Jr., SHERIFF James R. Sweet, UNDERSHERIFF
|Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534
Deputy Sheriffs are by law, Police Officers certified by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services.
After successfully completing the 600 (plus) hour Police Academy, each must complete a ten
week Field Training Program with a senior Deputy Sheriff. Additionally, each attends a forty hour
In-Service training every year and many attend specialized training at various locations in Columbia
County, New York or in another state.
Communications Officers attend a forty hour emergency tele-communicators course in addition to
In-Service and Communications OJT Training.
The Law Enforcement Division maintains approximately 15 certified police instructors who
specialize in firearms, less than lethal, radar, breath analysis, defensive tactics and many other areas
of instruction. First Sergeant Richard Hofstetter, who is certified as a Master Instructor, is the Training
Officer for the Sheriff's Office.