Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson announced the kickoff of the Sheriffs' institute membership drive. Over the next 10 days people can become honorary members in support of the Institutes programs which includes a beloved summer camp for economically challenged kids.

ONTARIO COUNTY — The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute is kicking off it’s Ontario County membership drive over the next 10 days.

The Sheriffs’ Institute, which was established in 1979 includes programs like the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children on Keuka Lake.

“In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” said Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson. “By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”

The Sheriffs’ Institute also operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit our web site at: www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.