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Niagara County Victim Impact Panel
The VIP Panel scheduled for March has been cancelled. We are tentatively planning on resuming in April, at the regularly scheduled date and time. Please continue to check back for any further updates.
*** If you were scheduled for the March VIP, contact the court that ordered you to attend for notification of rescheduling
The Panel will now be known as Niagara County’s Theodore A. Brenner Victim Impact Panel, in memory of the man who humbly and selflessly dedicated his career to fighting drunk and drugged driving crimes.
We are continuing with the same schedule of the third Tuesday of every month, at 7:00 p.m., at NCCC. We have been assigned to Room E-140 for the entire 2020 year; E-140 is in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The dates are as follows:
January 21, 2020
February 18, 2020
March 17, 2020 CANCELLED
April 21, 2020
May 19, 2020
June 16, 2020
July 21, 2020
August 18, 2020
September 15, 2020
October 20, 2020
November 17, 2020
December 15, 2020
The Panel is a rare tool for us to combat these crimes, and the Panel Members and the District Attorney’s Office thank you for your continued support of the VIP. Anyone is welcome to come to observe a Panel, any time. Just as Ted Brenner would, we challenge you to attend a session, you will not regret it.
Congratulations to the newest DRE’s in Niagara County. Pictured are Deputy Matthew Grainge, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Chris McKimmie, Niagara Falls Police Department and Officer Michael Loncar, North Tonawanda Police Department.
New York State has appropriated $1,600,000 in funding during State Fiscal Year 2017-18 services and expenses related to county Special Traffic Options Programs for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI). Niagara County is in receipt of $27,500 as our share of the funds. We have allocated the funds in purchasing the following:
- Ring Toss- students will attempt to toss the colored rings to the colored pegs. They will make a second attempt using intoxication goggles. The goal is to show how alcohol affects their motor coordination and depth perception.
- Pitching Net- students will toss foam footballs into the net in an attempt to get it inside one of the nine accuracy squares. A second attempt will be given using intoxication goggles to again show how alcohol can affect their abilities.
- Also, Niagara County STOP-DWI purchased eight alco-sensors for police departments in Niagara County to assist to with their DWI enforcement efforts.
- Our program also offered 10-$500 mini grants to Niagara County high schools that are hosting an alcohol free post prom party. Four schools out of ten applied and were awarded $500 for their programs. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with these schools to help provide a safe place to gather after the prom.
- Our program also used funds to purchase two retractable banners, table cloth, plastic bags, cell phone sleeves and key chains- all of which will have our STOP-DWI logo on them and be available to dispense at events across Niagara County.
The 2017 NYS Highway Safety Symposium was held in beautiful Niagara Falls! We welcomed over 250 partners in Highway Safety for three days of seminars and networking.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Niagara County STOP-DWI, Niagara County Office of Traffic Safety, New York State Police, Lockport Police Department, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County are pleased to announce May 18th as media day for the 21st annual Niagara County Traffic Safety Fair.
The Niagara County Traffic Safety Fair is an event hosted by community partners such as New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee, New York State Department of Transportation, Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC), Northpointe Council, and Mercy Flight of Western New York with the goal of raising awareness of drinking and distracted driving, and driver safety.
Multiple events are planned for the students such as watching a short movie on drinking and driving, listening to a Victim Impact Speaker relating to a tragedy involving drinking and driving and distracted driving, presentations from the participating agencies concerning different safety issues such as wearing a seatbelt, texting while driving, etc. The students will also participate in various activities wearing goggles that simulate intoxication. A new addition to the Traffic Safety Fair will be the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Driving Simulator.
This year’s event runs from May 10th-May 19th with approximately 2800 students from across four counties participating in the event.
Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour was the keynote speaker on January 8, 2016 at the Police Youth and Community Relations Seminar held at Niagara County Community College. Area high school students participated in multiple breakout sessions throughout the day. One of the topics students could choose to attend was “Alcohol and the Law” presented by members of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
This event was sponsored by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and Niagara County Youth Bureau.