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Faith Based Police Reform Sub-Committee

Church Liaisons

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William A. Schrom

  • Sheriff Schrom, age 53, began his career with the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office in March of 1990 as a Road Patrol Deputy, after graduating from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in 1989. While assigned to the Road Patrol division, he also served on the department’s Special Services Unit. In 1994, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). In 2001, Sheriff Schrom was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained assigned to CID as a supervisor within that division. During his assignment to CID, Sheriff Schrom served as one of the department’s Crisis Negotiators and also one of the department’s Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer Operators. While assigned to CID, Sheriff Schrom received extensive training in a variety of disciplines to include Interview and Interrogation, Death Investigation, crime-scene processing, and evidence collection, to name a few. He has attended the Colonel Henry F. Williams Homicide Seminar, the Bloodstain Evidence Institute and graduated from the FBI National Academy (Session 186). He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s of Science, as well as a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. Schrom also served as a past President of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.
  • In January of 2006, he was appointed to the position of Undersheriff. He served as Undersheriff until January of 2019 at which time he was appointed Acting Sheriff. In November of 2019, he was elected Sheriff. He began his first four-year term as elected Sheriff on January 1, 2020. Sheriff Schrom oversees the agency’s four divisions, 150 personnel, sixteen (16) million-dollar annual operating budget, as well as a correctional facility that houses up to 264 male and female inmates. The Sheriff has been an active member on several committees to include the American Red Cross, Child Fatality Review Team, Traffic Safety Board, Chairman of the Counter Terrorism Committee (Zone 12), Ad Com Team as part of the Children’s Advocacy Center, The NYS Farm Bureau Association, The Safe Harbour NYS Committee, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and is a Co-Chair of the Police Reform and Reinvention Committee. The Sheriff also teaches as an Adjunct Professor for Corning Community College, where he has been teaching since 2012. The Sheriff teaches Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice as well as Police Operations.
  • Sheriff Schrom has been married to his wife Marianne for 29 years and has three children, Megan 28, Samantha 24, and Katelyn 19. When he is not working, Sheriff Schrom enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.
Elmira Heights Picture - Copy Bradley Morrell
Elmira Heights:
  • 30 years old
  • Patrolman
  • With EHPD since 2014
  • Specialties - Evidence technician, police mountain bike patrol, child abuse investigations/forensic interviewer, traffic accident review
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Edward Oropallo

City of Elmira:

  • Born in Bayamon Puerto Rico, Officer Eddie Oropallo was the son of Edward Oropallo and Carmen G Costa. His father was serving in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Puerto Rico where he met Carmen, and were soon married.
  • Eddie spent his childhood in different schools, some being private catholic schools from Brooklyn NY to Campbell, Corning and Notre Dame, Elmira.
  • After graduating from Corning East High school Eddie joined the US Army and was stationed in Europe with the 3rd Armored Division. Eddie was deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat.
  • When Eddie left the Army he worked as a photographer for Olan Mills and on his free time he traveled Steuben County speaking with children in schools and churches about serving your country and being a productive member of society. Eddie was awarded the New York State Silver Cross by the late governor, Mario Cuomo for his military service.
  • Eddie began his career in law enforcement with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office as a Court Officer. He then attended the academy for the New York City Police Department and worked in Brooklyn and Manhattan where he met his soon to be wife, Trish.
  • Eddie moved from Brooklyn to Corning, worked with the Corning Police Department for a time, and then transferred to the Elmira Police Department in 2014.
  • Eddie and Trish have 5 children of various ages from 21 years old to the youngest being 6 years old.
  • Eddie is part of the Aviation unit that is responsible for the department drones. He is a Field Training Officer, part of the Wellness Committee and on the union’s negotiations team.
  • Eddie looks forward to retirement so he can enjoy his family and continue to serve his community in different ways other than police work.
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Chief Robert Richards

West Elmira Police Department:

  • West Elmira Police Chief Robert Richards is a lifelong resident of the Southern Tier and graduated from Corning Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He graduated from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in 1996 and was hired by the West Elmira Police Department in 1997.
  • Chief Richards was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2009 and has served as the department’s firearms instructor, TASER instructor and Field Training Officer. In 2021, he was appointed to the rank of Chief following the retirement of West Elmira Police Chief Thomas Barr.
horseheads picture - Copy Officer Pat Audinwood
Horseheads Police Department:

  • Officer Audinwood was hired by the Horseheads Police Department in June 2018. He is a lifetime native of Chemung County. Officer Audinwood has patrol responsibilities, assists in investigations and is a certified Child forensic Interviewer, Glock Armorer and web investigations. Officer Audinwood is the 2020-2021 Kiwanis Officer of the Year for the Horseheads Police Department
  • Officer Audinwood is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy. Before coming to work at the police department, he was involved in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and worked for Corning Incorporated.
  • Officer Audinwood is the Department representative for the Faith based sub-committee through the Chemung County Police Reinvention Committee.