Top Photo, from left: Miller, Camp, Dibble, Harmon.
Four local cops were honored Thursday night by the Genesee County Bar Association and the Batavia Kiwanis Club for their dedication and good work during the past year.
Recognized in the annual awards ceremony at Bohn's Restaurant were:
- Officer Eric Miller, Village of Le Roy Police Department;
- Patrolman Christopher Camp, the Batavia Police Department;
- Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble, Genesee County Sherriff's Office;
- Sgt. Cory Harmon, New York State Police.
Also honored during the annual Law Day celebration was Daniel A. Rybak, who was named Attorney of the Year.
The mock trial team of Batavia High School received the Charles L. Mancuso Award. The team won the 2010 GLOW region Mock Trial Tournament.
William J. Hochul Jr., United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, served as the keynote speaker.
The WNY native was promoted to his current post about a month ago. Previously, he served as a counter-terrorism attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Hochul spoke about the role that all members of the legal community -- law enforcement, prosecutors and defense attorneys -- play in helping the United States fight terrorism, especially within our borders.
"Each of us in this room – men, women, children, high school students -- have a critical role to ensure that the American legal system remains as a tool to us to fight terrorism," Hochul said.
Hochul said local law enforcement plays is the first-line of defense against domestic terrorism.
"The federal government can’t be everywhere domestic terrorists might be living," Hochul said. "Nationwide, worldwide, really, there’s only 10,000 or so FBI agents."
Without local law enforcement, he said, "we wouldn’t be able to even see the domestic terrorism threat, much less address it.”
Because maintaining the rule of law is vital to keeping our justice system working, Hochul said, defense attorneys who challenge prosecutions' theories and assertions help keep the necessary balance to the system.
"My message to you all is let’s follow the rule of law," Hochul said. "Let’s use the system we have, and where appropriate, my office, the Western New York Office of United States Attorney, stands ready to help."
Inset, Hochul. Above, members of the Batavia High mock trial team.
After the jump are pictures and information on each of the award winners: