Niagara County Sheriff's Office

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Niagara County Sheriff's Office

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Niagara County Sheriff's Office - Pawsitive for Heroes

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The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office continues to make a positive impact throughout the community. Whether it is a parade, teaching in the classroom, or one of the many events and programs, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office makes exemplary strides in serving and building up our local community. Pawsitive for Heroes The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Western New York Heroes to bring the “Pawsitive for Heroes” program to the Niagara County Correctional Facility. The program sponsors the training of therapy dogs, which are then trained in obedience, as well as calming techniques and overall demeanor to assist Military Veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is the first time ever in New York State these dogs have been trained by inmates. Inmates that have been screened and chosen by jail staff, live and train with the dogs for the entire 10-month training process. At that time the dogs are sent to Veterans in need. One of the dogs trained in the Niagara County Correctional Facility, Rick, was adopted as the team dog by the Buffalo Sabres prior to him being assigned to a Veteran in need. The program aims to help Veterans struggling with PTSD, but also assist in the rehabilitation of inmates. Building Bridges The Building Bridges Program is a free community based interactive imitative designed to build relationships between members of law enforcement and children that reside in areas of high crime frequency in order to strengthen familiarity and trust in one another. Explorers Program Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Program allows young adults, ages 16-20 years old to learn about many facets of law enforcement. The Explorers meet for 15 weeks during the school year, where classes are run paramilitary and filled with relevant content for young adults interested in law enforcement careers. Shop with a Cop During the holiday season, staff from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office volunteer to participate in the Shop with a Cop event. Children throughout the community are paired with Deputies and Corrections personnel. They travel together to Wal-Mart and pick out gifts for themselves and their family members. Trunk or Treat The event is open to the public and provides children with a fun and safe Halloween experience. Members of the community have the opportunity to meet first responders from across the county as well as see the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office’s resources. All-Star Program The All-Star Program allows Niagara County Sheriff’s Office personnel to talk to 5th grade students in a classroom setting. The program is four weeks long and covers topics such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs (legal and illegal), peer pressure, communication skills, bullying, and internet safety. 9/11 Stair Climb The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, joined with local Fire Companies, participate in the 9/11 1,980 Step Challenge. The event is to honor and commemorate those first responders who climbed 110 stories, or 1,980 steps in an attempt to rescue those trapped inside the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001. Participants in the event, wearing full duty gear, climb the stairs of the Niagara Gorge. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Tunnel Two Towers Foundation.