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Our Sheriffs

  • Craig Apple

    Albany County

    Craig Apple

    Craig Apple

    Albany County Sheriff

    Court House, Albany, NY 12207

    518 487-5440

    Sheriff Craig Apple formerly served as Undersheriff, and became Sheriff in 2011 when upon the retirement of Sheriff James Campbell.

    The Albany County Sheriff's Office  has implemented a variety of programs in Public Safety. The Boarder Revenue Program has generated over 70 million dollars since 1990. The Correctional Facility received full accreditation in 1997, and the Law Enforcement Division was accredited in 2003.

    The Sheriff's Office has established a countywide Drug Unit, K-9 Unit, SCUBA Team, Search and Rescue Team and a Paramedic Life Support Program.  They have implemented a countywide program, “Project Access,” involving handicapped parking education and enforcement. Last year, the Sheriff's Office implemented a countywide Emergency Service Interoperability Radio System (ESIRS). This radio system will give police, fire, EMS, and emergency services coordinators the ability to communicate with each other directly using a two-way radio. Funded by a Homeland Security grant, it will provide a command and control frequency for the coordination of multiple agency responses.

    Albany County has a population of 290,000 and an area of 544 square miles.

  • Rick L. Whitney

    Allegany County

    Rick L. Whitney

    Rick L. Whitney

    Allegany County Sheriff

    4884 State Route 19, Belmont, NY 14813

    585 268-9200

    Sheriff Whitney has been in law enforcement for more than 38 years. He graduated from the Monroe County Police Academy, obtained an Associate in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Jamestown Community College, and is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy (193rd Session) and the National Sheriff’s Institute (100th Session).

    He started his career in 1975 as a part-time Police Officer for the Village of Angelica, NY Police Department and a part-time Deputy Sheriff for Allegany County. He was appointed as full time police officer for the Village of Bolivar Police Department on January 1, 1976, and promoted to Chief of Police in August of 1980, at the age of 25. In 2008, he received the Medal of Honor from NYS Association of Chiefs of Police for his involvement in the capture of an armed robbery suspect.

    Sheriff Whitney has also served as Board member on the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, is Past President of the Allegany County Police Association and the Allegany County Police and Magistrates Association. He is an active member of the NRA and currently serves as treasurer for the Allegan County NY Chapter of S.C.O.P.E. He is a member and past President of the Bolivar Lions Club (5 Time Lion of the year), and also served as Zone and Region Chairman. In addition, he is a member and Past Master of Macedonia 258 Free and Accepted Masons, also serving as Assistant Grand Lecturer and District Deputy Grand Master. The Sheriff is also a Life member of Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department

    Sheriff Whitney is married to Lois Whitney.

    Ricky L. Whitney was elected Sheriff in November of 2010 and took office January 1, 2011.

    Allegany County has a population of 50,602 and an area of 1,030 square miles.

  • Joseph Fucito

    Bronx County

    Joseph Fucito

    Joseph Fucito

    Bronx County Sheriff

    3030 Third Avenue, Room 240., Bronx, NY 10455

    718 993-3880

    Joseph Fucito is head of the Office of Sheriff of the City of New York, overseeing the civil and criminal law enforcement services provided to City and State courts, the New York City Department of Finance, other government agencies and the public. Joseph, who joined the Department as Deputy Sheriff in 1988 at 18, was the youngest in the Department’s history and in his tenure, has served under five administrations, beginning with Edward I. Koch, and has held all uniform ranks in the agency: Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Undersheriff, and Undersheriff in Charge (his most recent position) as well as Acting Sheriff in 2010 and 2014. He has also worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NYS Department of Transportation.

    In his more than two decades with the Sheriff’s department, Joseph has made numerous arrests and executed court orders for a range of major cases in New York City. Among them was the arrest of disbarred attorney Kenneth Heller, who was eventually convicted of personal tax evasion hiding over $26 million in a Swiss Bank account. In 2005, Joseph arrested Roger Toussaint, former President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, for violation of the New York State Taylor Law for perpetuating the 2005 NYC Transit Strike. The former president of the NYC Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Joseph established the H.R.A Family Court Unit within the Sheriff’s Office, in an effort to better recover child support. For all his efforts to support and enforce the legal processes of New York City and New York State Joseph has received numerous service citations, including the Sheriff’s WTC 911 Award.

    A native of the Morris Park Section of the Bronx, Joseph holds a BA in English from Queens College CUNY, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 236th Session

  • David E. Harder

    Broome County

    David E. Harder

    David E. Harder

    Broome County Sheriff

    155 Lt. Van Winkle Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905

    607 778-1911

    Sheriff David E. Harder has been a member of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office since January 1, 1964. Sheriff Harder was Broome County’s first Warrant Officer, as well as the County’s first Narcotics Officer. Before being elected to the Office of Sheriff in 1998, Harder was a Sheriff’s Detective for over 25 years and attained the rank of Detective Sergeant. Sheriff Harder, in conjunction with the Division of Criminal Justice Services, has been instrumental in developing and implementing numerous statewide reporting procedures such as the Standardized Incident Report, the Standardized Arrest Report, and the Standardized Domestic Incident Report. He has also been on the Statewide Criminal Justice Data Dictionary committee for over 10 years. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Boy Scouts of America, Baden-Powell Council and also serves as a member of SEPP, Inc. (Serving the Elderly through Project Planning).  In 2002, Governor Pataki appointed Sheriff Harder to the New York State Arson Board. Harder is a past recipient of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s Carl F. Draxler Award. He has also been honored several times by the American Legion as the State, County and Local Policeman of the Year. The Sheriff also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in the 48th Rifle Company. Broome County has a population of 197,000 and encompasses 850 square miles.