The mission of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office is to safeguard life, property
and public order. Members of the Sheriff's Office will always act not for
themselves, but for the good of the public they serve; and at all times respect
and protect the constitutional rights of all persons.
Members of the Sheriff's Office shall strive to perform their duties with the
highest level of professionalism, and will provide all citizens with those
services necessary for a safe, secure, and crime-free environment in which to
live and work.
Goals and Objectives of the Law Enforcement Division
- Protect life and property.
- Deter and prevent crime.
- Preserve public peace and maintain order.
- Enforce all laws and ordinances within jurisdiction.
- Detect and arrest offenders.
- Execute criminal processes in accordance with law.
- Educate public.
Specific Law Enforcement Objectives for 2019
- The agency will meet the goal of replacing a retiring police K9 by acquiring and training a new K9 in 2019. We will train the new K9 with an existing Deputy. This change will put the agency in a favorable position to meet the challenges regarding any changes in the possible legalization of marijuana in New York State.
- The agency will hire, equip and train Special Patrol Officers for various schools and facilities throughout Oneida County that contract with the agency. We will be to partner with the New York State Department of Homeland Security in getting these Special Patrol Officers trained in Active Shooter.
- The Oneida County Sheriffâ€™s Office will work towards final implementation of Lexipol which will provide sound, up-to-date, legally defensible policies. This will develop state-specific law enforcement policy manuals backed by daily training to reinforce policy understanding and use. They offered the policies online for easy access anytime, anywhereâ€”and continuously monitored changes to federal and state laws, providing policy updates as needed. The agency will utilize an Administrative Captain for development, training, implementation and support for the program
- 4. Work with the State Sheriffâ€™s Association to work towards implementation of a statewide association of peers to assist employees with day-to-day emotional support following critical incidents.
Assessment of 2018 Goals and Objectives
Expand the Project Lifesaver Program by having members of the Community Affairs Unit educate citizens on it's function during community outreach events. The agency could also better educate it's members on the use of this tool by having more practical training. This will provide better public safety services to people with cognitive disorders. The Oneida County Sheriffâ€™s Office attends various community based events in which literature for the program is shared. The agency promotes the program through itâ€™s website as well to inform the community on the programâ€™s functions. The community affairs unit worked in conjunction with the patrol division to provide practical training on the use of project lifesaver last spring to better prepare members to utilize it.
Work towards finalizing the implementation of Lexipol to standardize the policy management program with best practice standards. This will bring daily training bulletins to keep members apprised of current legal updates and law enforcement trends. The agency moved closer towards the final implementation of Lexipol by implementing administrative review of the different policies set forth by the program. About 70% of the policies in the program have been reviewed by command staff, and several have been signed off on by the Sheriff.
Work with Crime Stoppers to assist the Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by encouraging community involvement through tips which can be disseminated regionally. The agency has Deputy Dominick Belmonte assigned as a liaison with the Crime Stoppers organization. He regularly meets with the organization and shares information. Deputy Belmonte receives the tips and sends them to the affected personnel in the Criminal Investigation Unit, Warrant and Patrol. He also advises regional agencies of anonymous tips that are received through the program.
- Continue our commitment to curbing violence and abuse towards our children by investing more personnel to the Child Advocacy Center. The agency added an investigator position to the Child Advocacy Center in February of 2018 by utilizing. The number of cases are increasing and becoming more complex. The additional investigator helped so that staff could have a greater focus on each individual case. The Child Advocacy Center handled about 800 cases in 2018, with 29 requiring cell phone forensics. The Oneida County Department of Social Services developed the CAC in conjunction with the Oneida County District Attorney, and the four major law enforcement agencies in the County, the New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff's Department, Utica Police Department and the Rome Police Department.