To the editor:
On Oct. 8, I returned to the Franklin County sheriff's department to renew my HR-218 certification. There were 11 retired law enforcement members who participated in this training. Some, like myself, were returning for the annual renewal. There were a few others who were attending the training for the first time.
Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill secured approval from the Franklin County legislators in 2012 to conduct this necessary training. At the time, he was one of the only a few agencies that provided this federally mandated training. The department continues to be one of a few.
The HR-218 is the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act. Sheriff Mulverhill has established a range qualification program for retired-separated officers in compliance with this federal Law.
This training was conducted in an exacting and professional manner. Safety was the number-one factor during the shooting phase of the program. We all received classroom training prior to the actual range instruction. The entire program was carefully thought out and executed with every detail addressed.
This training program offers a necessary service to a large population of retired law-enforcement personnel throughout the northern and western portion of the state. This continues to be a stream of revenue for the county.
Sheriff Mulverhill advised that since this program began, they have instructed approximately 60 people. This was during the limited time that the range was available, weather permitting.
Any retired law-enforcement personnel who feel they are eligible to participate for this program should contact Undersheriff White to sign up for the next available training session.
Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, Undersheriff Pat White and Sgt. Scott Hudson (range instructor) are to be complimented and commended for a training program well done.
John D. Odell
New York State Police zone sergeant (retired)
President, Association of Former New York State Troopers, Adirondack Chapter