Ross Cottone, president of the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club, and his wife, Rotarian Bonnie Cottone, recently discussed their involvement with the Citizens’ Police Academy offered by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office during a club lunch meeting.
Bonnie Cottone noted that the club hosted programs by the Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police during national police memorial week in May. During one of these presentations, Sgt. Mike Rago from the Sheriff’s Office talked about the citizens’ academy and the opportunity for private citizens to learn about modern police procedures.
The Cottones registered to participate in the course at the Sheriff’s Office training facility in Hopewell. The seven-week academy is described by the Sheriff’s Office as “a leadership development program designed to heighten citizen awareness and provide county residents information on basic concepts of modern police work.”
The academy covers the road patrol, investigations, crime scene processing, the K-9 Unit, the emergency response team, the Marine Recreational Vehicle Unit, 911 functions, jail operations and court proceedings.
Bonnie and Ross Cottone participated in ride-alongs with officers in a patrol car. Two staff members from the academy, Deputy William Martin and photographer Krista Schlenker, attended the Rotary meeting to provide background information on the academy’s origin and goals.
The Cottones said they were impressed by the academy, and have developed a better understanding of the complex issues that face police officers and those who are involved in the criminal justice system.
After the presentation, the club presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Rotarian Nancy Purdy in recognition of her service to others and her support of Victor-Farmington Rotary’s service programs. Purdy works on the club’s literacy programs and the annual Giving Tree project during the holiday season. She recently served as a counselor for the Rotary Youth Exchange program. The club designated a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation in honor of Purdy.
Rotarian Solitaire Murphy spoke on her recent involvement with a Rotary literacy conference at Clifton Springs Hospital. Numerous educators spoke to the assembled Rotarians on the need for greater support for literacy efforts.
Rotarian Dave Luitweiler, who is a member of the Rotary District 7120 Governor-elect Hospitality Program Committee, announced that 12 international Rotary visitors will visit the local area in January 2019 before moving on to San Diego for a mandatory training session. Victor-Farmington Rotary will host two incoming governors from Australia and Argentina/Paraguay.