The Sheriff’s Office Civil Division is responsible for the execution of civil
processes and mandates of the courts. The members of the Civil Division perform property executions and seizures, income executions, and evictions. They serve orders of protection, subpoenas and summonses. The Civil Division has responsibility for the transportation of juveniles who are under the jurisdiction of the courts, but who are not in the custody of the Department of Social Services. The Division is charged with the movement of prisoners between Oneida County facilities and facilities statewide, and between holding facilities and courts within the Oneida County Court House. Civil Division members also provide courtroom security for all trials held in Oneida County Court.
The Civil Division consists of sworn Peace Officers and Deputy Sheriffs (Police), who have completed a NYSSA Civil Training School as well as; the Basic Course for Peace Officers or Basic Course for Police Officers. Civil Officers/Deputies typically work weekdays on the day shift and follow the holiday schedule of the courts. Officers/Deputies are required to work overtime and weekends, when the needs of the courts require
The Civil Division collects over 2.3 million dollars annually, through process
service and income execution, and the Division generates over $200,000 in
annual revenue in fees related to these services. With this much money passing
through the Sheriff's Office custody, accountability is of concern. Until the
year 2001, Deputies and clerks made manual entries in three separate ledgers.
In 2001, a $30,000 federal grant was received, and the bookkeeping and
accounting needs of the division are now managed electronically by Deputies and
clerks who utilize a proprietary software package that was designed
specifically for the needs of the Division.