Orleans County Sheriff's Office (New York)

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Orleans County Sheriff's Office
Orleans County, NY Sheriff's Office.jpg
Patch of the Orleans County Sheriff's Office
Agency overview
Formed 1838
Employees 104
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Orleans in the state of New York, USA
Map of New York highlighting Orleans County.svg
Map of Orleans County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
Size 396 square miles (1,030 km2)
Population 42,883 (2010)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Albion, New York
Agency executives
Stations 3
1s County Jail
Helicopters 1
K9s 1
Official website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office serves a population of over 42,000 people and covers an area of 396 square miles (1,030 km2) on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York. The Sheriff’s Office provides full service law enforcement to the unincorporated areas of the county. The office also provides varying degrees of support to four municipal police departments and operates the Orleans County Jail.[1]

The Sheriff is the Senior Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the Orleans County and serves an elected term of four years. There are currently 104 employees of the Sheriff’s Office. They comprise both sworn and civilian personnel. Law Enforcement services are based primarily out of the Public Safety Building located on State Route 31 in the Town of Albion. There is also a Marine Patrol office located at the Oak Orchard Marine Park on Point Breeze Rd., in the Town of Carlton. Sheriff’s services are divided into five categories - Patrol, Investigative, Communications, Correctional, and Administration.


Patrol services[edit]

The Sheriffs Patrol is under the supervision of the Chief Deputy, who has a command staff of three Lieutenants and three Sergeants. Patrol deputies have the task of enforcing state, county, and local laws throughout the county. They handle criminal complaints & domestic disputes. They respond to intrusion alarms and investigate all types of vehicle accidents. There are 20,739 miles (33,376 km) of public highways to patrol in Orleans County. This division is also responsible for a Marine Patrol Unit which operates annually during the boating season. The unit maintains three vessels that patrol approximately 24 miles (39 km) of Lake Ontario shoreline and the adjacent coastal waters. One of the smaller vessels also patrols Lake Alice, a large body of water on Oak Orchard River. The patrol division also has two D.A.R.E officers (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), who provide instruction to elementary & middle school students in the Kendall and Lyndonville school districts. This division also has a K-9 dog handler, a two-man scuba dive team, and patrol deputies who are certified in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Child Safety Seats. The patrol has also provided security for the Orleans County Courthouse. However, New York State has recently mandated that security responsibilities at this courthouse be turned over to the state.

The road patrol deputies are also responsible for Civil Process Service. This includes summonses, Family Court orders, subpoenas, income & property executions, notices of eviction, etc.

The Sheriff’s patrol occasionally handles county jail inmate transports to & from courts or facilities operated by the State or other counties. This responsibility mainly falls to Correctional Officers from the County Jail. Patrol deputies also routinely handle juvenile and mental health transports to & from various facilities throughout the State and Region.

Investigative services[edit]

Investigative Services consists of three Criminal Investigators, one of whom also functions as a Juvenile Aid Officer. Investigative personnel follow up on criminal cases developed by the Sheriffs Patrol, including but not limited to homicide, robbery, burglary, arson, assault, sexual assault, narcotics, and crimes against children including child abuse & neglect cases. There is always an “on-call” investigator available to respond to crime scenes and serious incidents including motor vehicle accidents involving life-threatening injuries or fatalities.


The Orleans County E-911 Communications Center is the responsibility of the Sheriffs Office and is located within the Public Safety Building. The center utilizes an 800 MHz trunked radio system and Public Safety Dispatchers provide 24-hour Police, Fire, & Emergency Medical dispatch services for the entire county, which includes thirteen volunteer fire departments, as well as police departments in the incorporated Villages of Albion, Holley, Lyndonville, & Medina. Dispatch personnel can also communicate with County Probation Officers, the New York State Police, New York State Park Police, New York State Division of Parole, and New York State Environmental Conservation Law Enforcement. PSD’s also have radio communications with all highway & public works departments. They can also communicate with surrounding counties.

The Communications Center maintains a 24-hour “Lifeline” service provided to subscribers by the Orleans County Office of the Aging. The center also has direct connections to the New York State Police Information Network (NYSPIN), the NYS Office of Public Security Counter Terrorism Network, and the National Weather Service.

Correctional services[edit]

Correctional Services, under the supervision of the Jail Superintendent, is responsible for the safe & secure operation of the Orleans County Jail. Located on historic Court House Square in the Village of Albion, the current Jail is the fourth such structure to occupy that site since 1825. The facility is approved to house 81 inmates and operates at or near capacity most of the time. The jail serves as a detention center for pre-trial felony defendants and those convicted of misdemeanor offenses in county or town courts.

There are also times when the jail houses inmates from other counties or for the Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement or the United States Marshals Service. The Orleans County Jail operates within standards and guidelines established by the New York State Commission of Correction.

Administrative services[edit]

The Sheriff’s Office Administrative Division has several components, including but not limited to Sheriff, Undersheriff, Confidential Secretary & Office Manager, Clerical Staff, Front Desk Reception, Personnel Files, Fiscal Management, Records Maintenance, Work Release Program, Animal Control, and County Court & Grand Jury attendants. An integral component of this office is Civil Processing. Approximately 1500 civil papers are processed through the office annually. The completion of the process is usually accomplished by personal service on specific individuals.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, 1 officer has died in the line of duty.[2]

Officer Date of Death Details
Deputy Sheriff David H. Whittier
Friday, September 8, 1989
Vehicular assault

See also[edit]

List of law enforcement agencies in New York


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°14′21″N 78°13′20″W / 43.239087°N 78.222281°W / 43.239087; -78.222281