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Fulton County

Fulton County on the edge of New York’s Adirondack Park has a new sheriff. In January, Richard Giordino took over the role after the retirement of longtime sheriff Tom Lorey.

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Law enforcement officials from across New York have gathered in Saratoga Springs for a week-long training session to learn leadership skills and new techniques to assist in running their local departments.

On Friday, actors from the Royal Berkshire Improve Troupe portraying real-life mental health crisis situations helped train law enforcement officers from across Western Massachusetts.

Organized by the Berkshire County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the unscripted role-playing designed to increase an officer’s confidence in handling a call involving individuals with mental illness, comes after a 40 hr training course the officers participated in to recognize and deal with mental health crises.