State police officials will discuss 2015 Dannemora manhunt


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CANTON — Five law enforcement officers who were involved in the 2015 high-profile pursuit of Dannemora prison escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat are scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. Wednesday at SUNY Canton as part of the college’s annual Law Enforcement Day.

Four state police officers and Maj. Charles E. Guess, a retired state police official who was the incident commander during the 23-day manhunt, will give the free presentation in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Mr. Guess is the author of the 2017 book “Relentless Pursuit,” a first-hand account of the largest search in state history.

Jay Cook, Ronald Pena and Christopher Giovazzino, all state police sergeants, will also discuss their involvement in the operation, which ended with Matt being shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol SWAT team, and Sweat being shot and wounded by a state trooper.

At 1:30 p.m., Steven J. Maher, deputy commissioner of the state police’s Office of Special Investigations, will screen a short film detailing the escape and subsequent Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s investigation.

All events are in Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lots 1, 6, 7 and 13. Mr. Guess will be available for book signings following the discussion.

This is the college’s eighth annual Law Enforcement Day. It is designed to give students an opportunity to meet with and hear from experts in the field. Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation and related two and four-year programs are among the most popular degrees offered at the college, according to a SUNY Canton spokeswoman.

SUNY Canton is also home to the state-certified David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which trains the majority of the north country’s police forces.


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