NORWICH – The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office held its 26th annual award ceremony on April 13, with 80 law enforcement members recognized for their work and daily struggles in the criminal justice system.
The award ceremony took place at the Northeast Classic Car Museum and began with Chenango County Sheriff Ernest R. Cutting Jr. recognizing the difficulty of the tasks the sheriff’s office is responsible for completing on a daily basis while understaffed.
Cutting said the sheriff’s office has entered a time of constant hiring and training, where the office loses an average of 23 people a year.
He said because of the staffing shortages, law enforcement members have been working extra shifts to "get the job done," and it continues to place a tremendous burden on those who have decided to stay.
Cutting thanked his current staff members for their commitment and said, “Your efforts are appreciated, and you are appreciated."
This year the sheriff's office established two awards honoring the memories of prior law enforcement members. The first award, the Sergeant Michael R. Friot award, honors a member of the corrections division who best exemplifies the dedication and professionalism of Friot. The award was given to Corrections Officer Gabriel Tennant...