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Schenectady County Sheriff's Office

Procedural Justice

Mission Statement

The mission of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office shall be the protection and preservation of the rights, lives and properties of all persons, through the fair and impartial enforcement of the law, regardless of such person’s race, creed, color, ethnicity or social standing. The Department will operate with total transparency while receptive to the voices of the community and our officers.

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.





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The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office announced its participation in this year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which provides and opportunity for the public to safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The event takes place on April 24, 2021 from 10am to 2pm at the Sheriff’s Office Substation in Princetown.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period.

"Unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs can sometimes fall into the wrong hands,” said Sheriff Dominic Dagostino. “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is the perfect time to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of any of these items you may have, to help keep your friends and family safe."

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at local collections sites, including tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. Vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted provided lithium batteries are removed.

Drop-Off Locations

Visit to find a drop-off location near you.

Schenectady County drop-off locations include:

Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office Substation in Princetown (130 Princetown Plaza, 12306)

Glenville Police Department (18 Glenridge Road, 12302

Schenectady Police Department (531 Liberty Street, 12305)

Rotterdam Police Department (101 Princetown Road, 12306)

Niskayuna Town Hall (1 Niskayuna Circle, 12309)

The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office and the National Guard Counter Drug Program have teamed up with CVS/pharmacy Medical Disposal for Safer Communities Program to help communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances that may otherwise be diverted, abused or contaminate our water supply. A drop-box is available at the Schenectady County Jail, 320 Veeder Ave, Schenectady 12307 from 9am to 5pm Monday – Friday.

Scam Alert - March 11, 2021

The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office is investigating complaints involving Schenectady County residents receiving telephone calls and text messages from individuals stating they are members of the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office. The callers are demanding large sums of money and telling residents to go to the Schenectady County Correctional Facility.

The typical scenario is the caller will often tell you that you missed grand jury and you have accumulated fines in excess of $3,000 or face 30 days in jail. The caller also asks for you to travel to the Schenectady County Correctional Facility with two forms of ID, meet in the parking lot, and await further instructions to put said money into the kiosk inside the lobby of the Schenectady County Jail.

The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office is urging Schenectady County residents not to provide any personal information if they receive similar telephone calls or text messages. Anyone with specific information regarding these types of calls in Schenectady County are advised to contact the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office at 518-388-4310 ext. 5112.


Police Reform and Community Collaboration

Virtual Meetings

The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office held a series of community meetings to review and improve police strategies, policies, procedures and practices, in accordance with NYS Governor Cuomo's Executive Order #203.

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The meetings were structured as panel discussions to gain input from local organizations and stakeholders, including: 

Community groups; Faith-based organizations;  Business leaders; Public safety officials; and Social service organizations.

Meeting Schedule

Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:30pm

Video Link

Link to Power Point Presentation

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:30pm

Video Link

Link to Power Point Presentation

The virtual community meetings were moderated by the Sheriff's Office and streamed live on

The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office has participated in meetings held by other local police departments, including the City of Schenectady and the towns of Rotterdam and Niskayuna. The Sheriff's Office primarily patrols the towns of Princetown and Duanesburg.

Topics explored include: use of force policies, procedural justice, systemic racial bias, de-escalation training and practices, community-based outreach, and Sheriff's Office accessibility and transparency. 

SCSO Reform and Community Collaborative Plan


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A Message from the Sheriff

Sheriff Dagostino

Welcome to the Office of
the Schenectady County Sheriff

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.