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NYS Sheriff’s Association calls for increased protection of law enforcement

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Sheriff Craig DuMond, President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, recently demanded that state lawmakers enhance the safety of police officers amid rising violence against them. Speaking from Delaware County, Sheriff DuMond’s rallying cry, “End the open season on law enforcement,” captured the sentiment of communities across New York, emphasizing the need for immediate legislative action to safeguard officers.

During a press event, Sheriff DuMond cited recent deadly incidents involving law enforcement personnel, including the deaths of four officers and the serious injuries of two others in ambush attacks. These tragedies underscored the perils faced by officers like Albany Police Department’s Jonathan Damphier and Chemung County’s Mike Theetge, both of whom sustained severe injuries while on duty.

Sheriff DuMond advocated for stringent laws, including mandatory life sentences without parole for those convicted of murdering police officers and revisiting bail statutes to allow judges more discretion in dangerous cases. With state legislators reconvening soon, DuMond urged the public to support proposals that protect law enforcement, emphasizing the critical need for a balanced approach to criminal justice that prioritizes public safety and accountability.

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