To the editor:
On Nov. 20, 2012, I was one of 10 retired law-enforcement members who participated in the inaugural HR-218 training at the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill secured approval from the Franklin County legislators to be one of only two or three counties in the state of New York that provided this necessary training.
The HR-218 is the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act. Sheriff Mulverhill has established a range qualification program for retired/separated officers in compliance with this federal law.
This training was conducted in an exacting and professional manner. Safety was the number-one factor during the shooting phase of this program. We all received classroom training prior to the actual range instruction. The entire program was carefully thought out and executed with every detail addressed.
This training program offers a necessary service to a large population of retired law-enforcement personnel throughout the northern and western portion of the state. This will result in a stream of revenue for the county that was otherwise untapped.
Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, Undersheriff Pat White and Sgt. Scott Hudson (range instructor) are to be complimented and commended for a training program well done.
John D. Odell
NYSP, zone sergeant (retired)
President, Association of Former New York State Troopers, Adirondack Chapter