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Washington County Sheriff Receives Award for Community Policing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
United States Attorney Recognizes Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy During National Community Policing Week

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy was recognized today for the achievements of his department in community policing, as part of the United States Department of Justice National Community Policing Week, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.


“I am pleased to recognize the excellent work of Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for their commitment to strengthening and enhancing the ties between his department and the community it serves through community policing. These successful efforts promote trust and confidence between the Sheriff’s Department and the people of Washington County. In the challenging times in which we live, these bonds are essential to a society that is both free and safe. National Community Policing Week, October 3rd through 7th, provides an opportunity for the United States Department of Justice to acknowledge those who promote law enforcement engagement with communities, and I am very happy to do so for Sheriff Murphy, whose motto is emblazoned on each Washington County Sheriff’s Department Patrol car, ‘Community First.


Upon becoming Sheriff of Washington County in upstate New York in 2012, Sheriff Murphy instituted numerous programs to emphasize the Department’s engagement with the community. These include:


-Active-shooter awareness for school faculties

-Bicycle safety rodeos

-Career-day events at schools

-Child safety seat installation and inspection service

-Cyber safety/online predator awareness for students

-EMS and fire police in-service regarding MVA investigation

-Prom crash drills

-Rape aggression defense training

-Safe-drive program

-Scam-avoidance for senior citizen groups

-School safety and lock-down training

-Community Roll Call Video Web Series

-Law Enforcement Explorer Post for Teens

-Internet Safe Transaction Zone

-Town Supervisor/Deputy Liaison Program


In a ceremony at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center in Fort Edward, New York today, United States Attorney Hartunian presented Sheriff Murphy with a plaque to recognize the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for its Community Policing programs.   


The Washington County Sheriff’s Department includes criminal, civil, jail and administrative divisions, and serves the people of Washington County in northeastern New York State. It is part of the Northern District of New York, the thirty-two county federal district in which the United States Attorney’s Office, a part of the United States Department of Justice, prosecutes civil and criminal cases in federal court.

Updated October 5, 2016