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SUNY Canton Students to Honor K-9 Officers with Kevlar Vest Donations at Law Enforcement Day

Friday, March 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton students will help keep local K-9 officers safe in the line of duty by presenting Kevlar vests to three dogs that work side-by-side with police during the College’s Law Enforcement Day March 19.

Three student-run organizations raised the funds to outfit dogs working for the Massena Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The bulletproof vests are custom-made for each dog and cost approximately $1,000 each. The groups previously donated a vest to a K-9 officer working in the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey,  with new gear that could save his life.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey, with new gear that could save his life.

In addition to the ceremony, experts from across New York State and the country will share current criminal investigation and emergency response techniques. All presentations will be held in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers and topics are:

  • David E. Chong, White Plains Department of Public Safety commissioner, will discuss law enforcement response since 9/11 at 9 a.m.
  • Scott Schmidt, funeral director, will discuss death scene investigations at 11 a.m.
  • James Wesley, forensic chemist with the Monroe County Crime Laboratory, will discuss emerging drug trends at 1 p.m.
  • Amy Mulnix, professor of biology at Earlham College, will discuss cadaver dog training and usage at 2:30 p.m.

“Law Enforcement Day is an opportunity for our criminal justice students – and the entire student body – to hear from experts in the field,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, SUNY Canton assistant professor of criminal justice. “Our speakers will be discussing the latest methods and procedures that are being used to solve crimes.”

The day-long event, sponsored by the College’s Criminal Justice Department, is free and open to the public.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.


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Serial Killer Sleuth Speaks at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day, May 3

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Every Move You Make - M. William PhelpsThe arresting officer in a Watertown and Loudonville serial killer case will be presenting at SUNY Canton.

Retired New York State Police Senior Investigator Jim Horton was featured in the 2005 book “Every Move You Make” by investigative journalist M. William Phelps for solving a string of homicides and burglaries committed by Gary C. Evans in the late 80s. Horton arrested Evans for murdering Douglas J. Berry, a Watertown jewelry storeowner.

Horton will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day, an annual event sponsored by the College’s student chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA). He will be speaking about the case involving Evans, who was an expert manipulator and a master of disguise, according to written accounts. Since cracking the case, Horton has become the assistant director of the New York State Office of Counterterrorism.

Law Enforcement Day will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Presentations include a police canine demonstration, an overview of the “CSI Effect,” and bomb disposal and explosive devices. Horton’s keynote will be held at 6 p.m. on the same day and at the same location. All events held on Law Enforcement Day are free and open to the public.

“SUNY Canton students and members of the community can learn about a variety of subjects ranging from human trafficking to serial murderers,” said Susan E. Buckley, department chair of the criminal justice, law enforcement leadership and criminal investigation programs. “We will be expanding upon the most interesting and newest topics law enforcement officers face during their careers.”

For a complete schedule of events at Law Enforcement Day, contact Buckley at


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Law Enforcement Day Tackles School Violence

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The SUNY Canton criminal justice program will be commemorating the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy with a Law Enforcement Day symposium on violence in schools.

The day-long event will be honoring local law enforcement professionals and providing educational topics about raising awareness of violence in schools and the community at large. Sessions and presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“It will have been 11 years since the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte. “Our student leaders saw this date as an ideal time to reflect on school violence and create a dialog on how to best safeguard against future incidences.”

Among the topics presented at the symposium will be officer safety issues, self-defense techniques, and law enforcement recruitment. Presenters include local, regional, and SUNY Canton experts.

“These topics are highly relevant for professionals and future professionals working within education, law enforcement, and social services settings,” said Andrew C. Wood, a criminal investigation student and president of the College’s chapter of Beta Psi Delta, a Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association. “These discussions will review previous national events like Columbine, assess current preparedness and procedures, and take a glimpse into the future. It’s an eye opener to see such a high number of middle and high schools utilizing metal detectors at their front doors.”

For more information, or to register for the event, email or call 315.386.7967.

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