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Springville Journal Election 2012 coverage: Collins town justice

Walter Cain
Walter Cain

Walter Cain is seeking a four-year term as Collins town justice. During the September primary election, he won both the Democratic and Independent party lines. Cain also received the Republican and Conservative party endorsements.

Cain has been retired for the past three years, following a 35-year law enforcement career. A lifelong resident of the town of Collins, he is a graduate of Gowanda Central School and Monroe Community College, where he received a two-year associate degree in police science.

In December 1973, Cain began his career as a village of Gowanda police officer. While working in Gowanda, he completed the Municipal Police Training Committee Basic Police School, conducted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department in Mayville. His work with the Gowanda Police Department involved patrol functions and community outreach initiatives that dealt with elderly residents, domestic situations and children’s needs, in the community. During his last five years with Gowanda, he conducted that department’s long-term criminal investigations.

After 10 years, Cain left the Gowanda Police Department. In 1984, he accepted a job with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Law Enforcement as a criminal investigator. He attended the New York State Police Basic Police Academy in Albany and completed environmental courses offered by the Northeast Hazardous Waste Project in Massachusetts and New Jersey, as well as courses offered by the Federal Law Enforcement Center in Glynco, Ga.

Cain is a New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services-certified police instructor and evaluator and has taught many police courses at the basic police academies for conservation officers, state forest rangers, NYS Park Police and the city of New York Environmental Police. His training includes hazardous waste investigations, penal law, search warrants, hunter-related shooting investigations, timber theft investigations, major crimes and computer forensics.

In 1991, Cain was nominated by the United States Attorney’s Office in the western district of New York for the director’s award for outstanding performance in law enforcement. He is also a three-time recipient of the NYSDEC Fred P. Drew Award for an environmental investigation in Tonawanda in 1993, a 1998 investigation involving a computerized division report system and a 2008 case involving a laptop computer programming and the development of the division of law enforcement dispatch system.

Cain has also worked security for the Buffalo Bills, including five years as a supervisor.

He is married to the former Renee Gross and is the father of Clinton Cain. He and his wife recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.

Cain spends his spare time working on his family farm, raising horses, cutting firewood and producing maple syrup, in the spring. He hunts, fishes and boats.

He is a member of St. Joseph Church, the Gowanda Rifle Club, NYS Conservation Officers Association, the National Rifle Association, New York Forest Owners Association, Gowanda Moose and Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York. He is the director for the Pine Grove Cemetery Association Inc.

Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith is seeking a four-year term as the town of Collins justice. As of press time, a biography had not been received from Smith.
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