Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 60th Class
Thomas A. Beilein, chairman of the New York State Commission of Correction, was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. He was introduced by his successor as Niagara County sheriff, James R. Voutour, who called Beilein “one of the most outstanding law enforcement personnel I’ve ever met.”
During his 10-minute presentation, Beilein imparted words of wisdom on the new graduates, gleaned from more than 45 years in law enforcement, including 14 as sheriff of Niagara County, the longest tenure in county history.
“Serve your community with all the pride you can muster, and recognize that so many facets of your commitment to the law enforcement profession call for being wonderful neighbors within your community,” Beilein said. “It’s not right to do something just because everyone else is doing it. And it’s not wrong to do something that nobody else is doing. Follow your moral compass.”
Following Beilein’s remarks, NCLEA co-directors Lt. Aaron Schultz and Detective John Faso presented diplomas to this semester’s graduates.