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
- 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.