Steuben jail commander recognized

Steuben County Jail Commander Captain Francisco Ortiz and Howard County Indiana Sheriff’s Office Jail Captain Harold Vincent were recognized for their involvement and efforts with the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Advanced Jail Officer Training program. Pictured left to right are, Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer, ISA Jail Training Coordinator Bill Wilson, Captain Harold Vincent of the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Captain Francisco Ortiz, ISA President Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit, Indiana Sheriff’s Association Executive Director Steve Luce, and the National Sheriff’s Association National Institute of Jail Operations Administrator Tate McCotter.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – The commander of the Steuben County Jail was one of two recognized for their roles in the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Advanced Jail Officer Training program Saturday at a banquet.

Captain Francisco Ortiz, along with Howard County Indiana Sheriff’s Office Jail Captain Harold Vincent, were both honored by Indiana Sheriff Association Jail training coordinator Bill Wilson at Saturday’s annual Indiana Sheriff Association presidents dinner.

The award said, “The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association recognizes your dedication to the Advanced Jail Officer Training Program and individual talents so generously given,” according to a release from Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer.

Ortiz helped in organizing the training program and instructed jail officers in the training sessions, Troyer said.

Jailers have had the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Advanced Jail Officer Training program resource for more than 1 1/2 years. The training goes beyond that of basic academy lessons, including teachings on inmate medical and mental health, inmate classifications, jail culture, staff effectiveness and leadership development among jail officers. Each program involves nine hours of advanced training.

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel was named “Sheriff of the Year” at the event.

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