NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Schenectady County to Host Prescription Drug Disposal Day NEW 4/19/16
The Schenectady County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will be hosting a Prescription Drug Disposal Day on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at locations throughout Schenectady County. Clean out your medicine cabinet of unused, unwanted, and expired medication!CLICK HERE
for more information.
Sheriff Dominic Dagostino Announces Membership Drive NEW 3/30/16
Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has announced that The New York State Sheriff's Association Institute will begin its Honorary Membership drive in Schenectady County. The Institute was established in 1979 and is a not-for-profit corporation and provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriff's Offices where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.CLICK HERE
for more information about the organization or how you can contribute.
Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino announces a New Marine Patrol Unit
Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has announced a new program making Schenectady County residents and visitors to the county even safer. Sheriff Dagostino has created a Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit to patrol the waterways within the county.
The Mohawk River spans 26 miles, running through the heart of Schenectady County. Though enjoyed heavily by recreationalists using various forms of watercraft, the Mohawk River in Schenectady County has not had Marine Law Enforcement for several years. Soon the Mohawk River will receive even greater use with the impact of the River’s Casino coming in (2016) this increase in river use will create an even greater need for safety and enforcement.
In cooperation with the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation along with the New York State Canal Corporation, the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department received state grants enabling them to provide not only Law Enforcement activities, but also to promote boating safety and boating education to the public.
Sheriff Dagostino has placed the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol at the Mohawk Valley Marine located in Alplaus, NY, and it will be staffed by two specially trained deputy sheriffs for the spring, summer, and fall recreational period. Mohawk Valley Marine, owned and operated by Bob Esperti, has been instrumental in working with the Sheriff’s Department to start this patrol. "At the end of the day it’s about providing the services the residents of Schenectady County need and my deputies will conduct routine patrols, enforce laws, answer complaints, and provide other safety services, and guidance to the thousands of enthusiasts that use the Mohawk River.
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS FOR GARNISHMENT PAYMENTS
Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has announced that as of March 4, 2013 the Civil Division will now accept credit and debit cards for garnishment payments through GovPayNet. Individuals who have income executions against them and are facing having their wages garnished can now pay with a major credit, debit or prepaid debit card.Click here
to be taken to the GovPayNet secure server.
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE GUN BUY BACK PROGRAM March 2013
Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has announced the Eighth Gun Buy Back event in the County of Schenectady. The event will occur on Saturday, March 30th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Faith Deliverance Tabernacle located at 1028 Ostrander Place, Schenectady, NY. The program is supported by the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department’s Asset Forfeiture Fund along with the Schenectady County DA’s Office, Schenectady Police Department, Golub/Price Chopper, Stewarts Shops and various organizations throughout the County including several faith based organizations.
The program is opened only to the residents of the County of Schenectady and will be offered on a monthly basis at different locations throughout Schenectady County. This initiative will offer families a chance to benefit from the safe removal and destruction of unwanted or illegal weapons throughout the County. Officials will be offering gift cards to individuals turning in handguns and assault weapons ONLY
“We are very pleased with the success of our Gun Buy Back initiatives to date," said Sheriff Dagostino. "We are hoping to build upon these successes to ultimately realize our goal of reducing gun violence in our community.”
Officials are offering gift cards to individuals turning in guns at the following rates:
$200.00 - handguns
$250.00 - assault weapons
Collectively, the Program has accumulated 53 handguns and 56 rifles/ shotguns and 35 non-working guns. We will continue to pursue all law enforcement initiatives such as this program that will make Schenectady County an excellent place to live, work and raise a family.
If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Sheriff Dagostino at 518-388-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SHERIFF DAGOSTINO ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN SHERIFFS’ SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM June 2012
Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino announced today that 17 children from the county are attending the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute's 2012 Summer Camp. The Sheriffs' Summer Camp is designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship. This will mark the 36TH year of the camp's operation.
The Sheriffs' Summer Camp, which is located near Penn Yan in Yates County, is supported by the Sheriffs' Association's Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues. This year the camp will accommodate over 900 deserving boys and girls from across New York State.
Sheriff Dagostino, in discussing the objectives and goals of the camp said, “The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp Program is designed to provide a child who ordinarily would not have the chance, an opportunity to go away during the summer.” Sheriff Dagostino pointed out that, “The primary objective is to create a positive interaction between the kids attending camp and the Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs who participate in the camp programs. We have found from experience during the first 34 summer camps that the kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce our laws. ‘The deputies become their friends and in some cases substitute parents for a week,” said a proud Sheriff Dagostino.
Throughout the week-long stay, the children observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriffs’ Offices from across the State. Included in these presentations are D.A.R.E. presentations, boat and bike safety programs, law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations, archery competitions for accuracy and even a talent show just for fun.
Upon completion of the kids stay, all children will be awarded a diploma for their participation in a program of “Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement Studies.”
If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Sheriff Dagostino at
518-388-4300 or email@example.com
SHERIFF DOMINIC DAGOSTINO OFFERS BICYCLE SAFETY TIPS DURING NATIONAL BICYCLE SAFETY MONTH May 2012
May is National Bicycle Safety Month. Bicycle riding is a fun, healthy activity when everyone takes the time to be informed about safety. Bicycles are considered vehicles in New York State, and cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists. Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has provided safety tips to help all of our citizens, particularly our children, to be safe on the roads.
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HONORS VICTIMS DURING 2012 NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK April 2012
Crime victims, survivors, and those who serve them are joining together to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 22 to 28, 2012. This year’s theme — “Extending the Vision, Reaching Every Victim” — calls on us to expand the vision that inspired the movement and celebrate the progress achieved to date.
One of the rights for crime victims is the right to be notified when the offender who harmed them is released from jail or prison. The New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline - VINE® (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), a free, confidential service available throughout the State of New York helps support and uphold these rights. The New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline gives victims and other concerned citizens around-the-clock access to the custody status of offenders in jail and provides automated telephone and email on any changes in the inmate’s custody status.
Initiated in 1999 the New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline in 2011 made 586,928 phone calls and sent 42,536 emails to notify 85,225 registered victims. For more information, go to www.vinelink.com
or call (toll-free number 1-888-VINE-4-NY). VINE was created in 1994 following the murder of Mary Byron in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her parents had asked to be notified when Mary’s ex-boyfriend was released from jail. They were never told that he was released, and he murdered Mary on her 21st birthday.
According to Sheriff Dagostino, the New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline helps crime victims by providing a critical service that enhances their personal safety and helps them make informed choices about their alleged or convicted offender, and their lives.
Extending the vision also means recalling a time, not too many years ago, when victims had no voice in the criminal justice system—when murder victims’ families were excluded from courtrooms and assault victims paid all their own medical bills. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week honors the victims and advocates who confronted such injustices and helped produce a nationwide system of victim compensation and victims’ rights. It also reminds us that failures to enforce these laws or to fund programs for victims jeopardize the success of these reforms.
“Victims have their basic human rights of fairness, dignity, and respect stripped away during a crime,” Sheriff Dagostino explained. “And for many of them, the judicial processes confused them about their rights. The New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline helps to restore those rights by keeping victims informed.”
Currently, every state has a victims’ bill of rights and a victim compensation program, 32 states have victims’ rights constitutional amendments, and more than 10,000 victim assistance programs operate in communities across the nation.
There is still a great deal of work ahead to reach every victim, says Sheriff Dagostino. “Some victims are never notified when an offender goes to trial or files an appeal. Some courts deny victims their right to be heard during court proceedings, fail to order restitution or compensation, and deny protective orders to keep victims safe,” said Sheriff Dagostino. “We, as advocates, must continue to fight for these core victims’ rights at every turn.”
SHERIFF DOMINIC DAGOSTINO ANNOUNCES THE ADDITIONAL OF NEW POLICE K-9 February 2012
Sheriff Dominic A. Dagostino has announced that the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office will be adding a new Police K-9 to their K-9 Unit. “Diesel” a male was donated from Peppertree Rescue, Inc. with the assistance of Rich Kranick from The Happy Dog Pet Hotel in Rotterdam.
Deputy David Leffingwell, a 22 year veteran and has been a canine handler with the sheriff’s office for the past 8 years with his partner K-9 Zimmer. Canine Diesel will be replacing retiring Canine Zimmer once he has attended the certification training school scheduled to begin in spring of 2012. The K-9 Team will be trained in Advanced Narcotics Detection, Police Patrol- Criminal Apprehension, Handler protection, Tracking, Building searches and Article Search/Scent Detection.
The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office currently has two active K-9 Teams: Lt. Jason A. Temple with K-9 partners Recon and Bosco and Deputy David Leffingwell with his K-9 partner Zimmer both trained in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, tracking and article searches.
The Schenectady Sheriff's K-9 Unit is on call 24 hours a day to assist the police departments in Schenectady County along with other agencies throughout New York State. The Schenectady County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit is not publicly funded and is at no cost to the taxpayers of Schenectady County. It is maintained by donations and it is the canine handler’s responsibility for any additional costs for the upkeep of their partner.
The Office of the Schenectady County Sheriff has adopted core values that are represented in four words: INTEGRITY, FAIRNESS, COMPASSION, and PROFESSIONALISM. These four words shall form the platform for all that we do and all that we stand for.
We feel that these words represent important non-negotiable standards that our community deserves. We have also established a mission statement, a value statement and a vision statement. So there is no question about what our intentions are, or how we hope to arrive at them or where we intend to go in the future. They are as follows: Mission Statement
: The mission of the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office is to provide a full spectrum of corrections, police services and civil law enforcement so that our community continues to progress as a safe and secure place to live, work and visit. Value Statement
: All members of the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office shall diligently serve our citizens with uncompromising honor and integrity.Vision Statement
: It is the vision of the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office to be recognized as a premier community-based criminal justice agency by providing excellent services that enhance the quality of life.
The history of the Office of Sheriff is unparalleled by any other modern governmental office, having recently celebrated its 1,000th anniversary worldwide. And the tradition of the Office of Sheriff is as rich in this country as it is anywhere in the world. Sheriffs played a vital role in the development of this nation during its colonial days and in its infancy as an autonomous republic. In New York State, the Office of Sheriff was provided for in the state's first constitution in 1777, and has existed as a continuous protector of the public good ever since.
The Sheriff's Office is an essential part of the law enforcement community. Its unique structure and the status it carries in county government extend beyond the traditional "Keeper of the Peace" role and into almost every facet of public service. The Sheriff is the only law enforcement officer in the state to be directly elected by those whom he or she serves. As an elected official, the Sheriff is a true public servant, directly accountable to the people.
The Sheriff is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the county and, in many counties of the state, the Sheriff is also the principal source of police protection. The Sheriff's Office not only provides the community with "traditional" high profile police services such as road patrol, criminal investigation and traffic control, but also patrols lakes and waterways, maintains the county jail, enforces civil process, partners with school officials in the placement of school resource officers and carries out myriad other services. The Sheriff's Office is also an integral part of each county's emergency planning system, takes an active role in community crime prevention efforts and victims' assistance programs, is in the forefront of drug awareness education in our schools, and provides specialized services to such special populations as the elderly and veterans.