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.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:30pm
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:30pm
The virtual community meetings were moderated by the Sheriff's Office and streamed live on https://www.youtube.com/SchenectadyCounty.
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.