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Deputy VanSkiver to receive state recognition

An 18-year veteran law enforcement officer will receive state recognition Tuesday in Albany for his career-long focus on dangers of intoxicated and impaired driving.

Steuben County Deputy Josh VanSkiver will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the NYS STOP-DWI, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, according to county Sheriff James Allard.

Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Correction Committee VanSkiver previously has been recognized numerous times for his enforcement efforts in DWI and DWAI arrests at both the state and county level.

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Recognized for his leadership role in law enforcement in 2019 and 2020, VanSkiver reached a milestone of more than 3,000 Intoxicated or Impaired driver arrests in his career.

“This number, to my knowledge, has never been achieved before,” Allard said. “To the best of my knowledge, that is unmatched.”

VanSkiver began his career in law enforcement in 2004 in Steuben, then serving in the cities of Corning and Elmira, specializing in vehicle and traffic enforcement before returning to the county in 2017.

“Deputy VanSkiver’s outstanding achievement in the field of DWI enforcement, along with his unparalleled commitment and work ethic set him apart from his peers,” Allard told the committee, during a brief ceremony Monday.