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Taking a bite into fighting crime

Albany County Sheriff’s Office initiatives presented to Capital Region Rotary Club

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Martel demonstrates how Mo, an explosive detecting K-9, sweeps for an explosive device.

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Martel demonstrates how Mo, an explosive detecting K-9, sweeps for an explosive device. Photo by John Purcell.

— Rotarians got an up-close look into aspects of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, from a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle to a transmitter that helps find those who wander.

“A lot of people just think the Sheriff’s Office runs the county jail or you’ve got a hilltown patrol,” said county Sheriff Craig Apple. “We are one of a handful of Sheriff’s Offices in the State of New York that are a fully accredited department, which means that we’ve reached the minimum standards and gone above and beyond.”

The Capital Region Rotary Club partnered with the county Sheriff’s Office to present “Fighting Crime with Sheriff Apple” on Wednesday, July 9, in the parking lot at the Italian American Community Center in Guilderland. The free event aimed to highlight the department’s efforts fighting crime and its community involvement.

“Our intention with this event is to spark an interest in our community’s youth,” said Jennifer Hendricks, past president of Capital Region Rotary Club, in a statement. “We need to start getting the younger generation involved with volunteering and giving back so that they know they can make a difference.”

There were a few little ones there, but the area Rotary chapter focuses on attracting young professionals to give back to the community and network, according to Hendricks.

Hendricks’ father was a past president of the Rotary’s Colonie-Guilderland chapter, but she did not find a particular chapter or other organization that “resonated” with her. She decided to form the Capital Region chapter.

“A lot of Rotary clubs are old-boys clubs, and they didn’t really encourage the business networking aspect, which ironically enough that’s how Rotary started,” said Hendricks.

She said unlike most Rotary clubs, which meet weekly, the Capital Region club only meets monthly to help fit into the schedule of young professionals. There are about 30 members, with the youngest being 24 years old and the oldest being 57 years old.

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