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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.

Programs sponsored by the Schenectady County Sheriff

Child Passenger Seat Safety Program

The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office offers free child safety seat inspections and fitting station events in Schenectady County by certified* Car Seat Technicians. The Child Passenger Safety program of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office promotes the proper use of child safety seats. Our office is pleased to announce that we will be conducting a fitting station to educate adults on how to properly install a child safety seat in their personal vehicle. Parents and caregivers are able to make an appointment with our office to have their child safety seat installation checked.

Operation Safe Child

The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office in partnership with Operation SAFE CHILD, a program sponsored by the New York State Police, New York State Sheriffs' Association and New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and its Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse, will now provide Operation SAFE CHILD Cards to families with children

Operation Safe Child

Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is a rapid response program that aids in locating “at risk” individuals with cognitive disorders who are at constant risk to the life threatening behavior of wandering including those with of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome or Dementia, and returning them to their families or caregivers. Project Lifesaver is provided to Schenectady County residents as a result of a partnership established between the Sheriff’s Office, Schenectady County Office for Long Term Care and the Autism Action Network of Schenectady County. 

This program if offered to residents throughout Schenectady County.   If a person enrolled in this program is lost, we have instructed the client’s caregivers to contact 911 as they normally would do and to also contact the Sheriff’s Office at (518) 393-8300.  This way, Sheriff’s Deputies with the specialized equipment and training can be dispatched to assist in locating the individual.

The program is designed to limit the amount of time and resources spend searching for a lost person, lessening the change of danger or injury. Contact the Project Livesaver program for information on how to register for this program. 

Prescription Drug Take Back Program

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 supplying drug collection unit drop boxes to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances. This program will help rid communities of unwanted medications that may otherwise be diverted, abused or contaminate our water supply.

CVS Drop Box


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.

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.