In December 2016, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office launched a Random Acts of Kindness Holiday Initiative to expand our community relations program and allow the public to view law enforcement in a different light.  The Delaware County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association kicked off the campaign and several local businesses and vendors joined to make the program a huge success.  The program involved Deputies engaging in random acts of kindness while in the performance of their routine duties throughout the County.  Discretionary situations such as a broken tail light or other minor infraction would result in a presentation of a gift certificate instead of a ticket, all sponsored by the Deputies and local supporters.  Furthermore, Deputies were on the look-out for citizens engaged in positive activity within their communities and would recognize them as well.

To fund this initiative, the Delaware County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association (PBA) donated a sum of money to purchase gift cards and gift certificates from Delaware County businesses as well as also soliciting donations mainly in the form of gift cards and gift certificates from Delaware County citizens, organizations and businesses. Remarkably, over $1,200 in donations were received.

The program has been a huge success and has definitely caught people off guard, according to Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond.  Undersheriff DuMond remarked, “This initiative supports our mission and demonstrates that law enforcement officers are of the community and for the community.  Sheriff Mills and I were happy to support this program to further promote our positive community relations with the public”.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the following Businesses and Organizations for their vital support and generous contributions to this initiative:

Delaware County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association
Burgin’s Auto Service Inc. in Franklin
Wise Guys Pizza in Franklin
Great American Supermarkets in Sidney
Tractor Supply Co. in Davenport
Sweet Meadows Country Home and Garden in Davenport
Wade’s Towne and Country Florist and Gift Shoppe in Stamford
Stamford Farmer’s Cooperative, Inc. in Stamford
Vasta’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Stamford
TOP’S Friendly Markets in Stamford
Hamden Hill Ridge Riders Clubhouse in Hamden
Cuginos Pizzeria and Restaurant in Delhi
Price Chopper in Delhi
Bagels and Cream in Delhi
Sal’s Traditional Meat Center in Bloomville
Hobart Hardware Plus in Hobart
Pizza Plus in Grand Gorge
Quarltere’s Garden and Market Place in Roxbury
Freshtown Marketplace in Margaretville
Downsville Diner in Downsville
Catskill Country Market in Downsville
NAPA Auto Parts in Walton
Danny’s Restaurant & Lounge in Walton
Big M Supermarkets in Walton
T.A.’S Place in Walton
Hancock House Hotel in Hancock
Lori’s Landscape & Perennials/Crazy Daisy Florist Shop in Hancock
Wendy’s in Deposit
Sundae’s Restaurant in Grand Gorge
Tara M. Robinson
Hamden Auto Services in Hamden

In addition, with the assistance of the Delaware County Office for the Aging, twelve elderly Delaware County residents were selected to be the recipients of Christmas gifts funded and purchased solely through a lump sum donation by the Delaware County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association (PBA).

In sum, The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office wishes all residents as well as the recipients, organizations, individuals and businesses who participated in both initiatives a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.