Walter C. Cain is seeking a four-year term as Collins Town Justice and would appreciate your support in the upcoming November election. Cain would like to thank everyone who supported him in the September Primary Election, where he won both the Democratic and Independent party lines. Cain has also received the Republican and Conservative Party Endorsement.
Retired for the past three years from a 35-year law enforcement career, Mr. Cain is lifelong resident of the Town of Collins. He is a Gowanda Central School graduate and attended Monroe Community College where he received a two year associate's degree in Police Science.
In December 1973, Cain began his public service career as a Village of Gowanda Police Officer. While working in Gowanda, he completed the MPTC Basic Police School conducted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department in Mayville.
His work with the Gowanda Police Department involved normal patrol functions and community outreach programs that dealt with elderly residents, domestic situations and children's needs in the community. In his last five years with Gowanda he conducted the department's long term criminal investigations.
After 10 years of service, Cain left the Gowanda Police Department in search of new challenges and expanded horizons.
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 NYSP Basic Police Academy in Albany, and completed numerous environmental courses offered by the North East Hazardous Waste Project in Massachusetts and New Jersey, as well as courses offered by the Federal Law Enforcement Center in Glynco, Georgia.
Cain is a NYS DCJS 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 Shootings 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 NY 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 a major environmental investigation in Tonawanda, NY, 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 R. Gross and the father of Clinton C. Cain. The couple recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.
Cain spends his spare time improving the family farm, raising horses, cutting fire wood, and producing maple syrup in the spring. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and boating.
He is a member of St. Joseph Church, the Gowanda Rifle Club, NYS Conservation Officers Association, the NRA, New York Forest Owners Association, Gowanda Moose, Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY, and also serves as a Director for the Pine Grove Cemetery Association Inc.
"I want to bring my experience to the town court," Cain said, "and I think that my background will help me to serve the people of our community as a knowledgeable and fair town justice."