Mission Statement
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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 2021

  • To implement Principled Policing training for all Law Enforcement members. This training which covers Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy will help the agency improve the relationship between the community and the police.
  • Implementation of the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT). This team in partnership with YWCA of the Mohawk Valley, the District Attorney’s Office and others will help to identify intimate partner domestic situations that are a high risk for homicide or near-lethal assaults as well as providing a coordinated response effort.
  • Implementation of Mental Health and Disability Awareness training as part of a plan to ensure an appropriate, sensitive response to individuals in our community.

Assessment of Goals 2020 and Objectives

  • In November 2020 the transition to the county-wide records management system took place. 
  • The agency has made several adjustments to comply with New York State’s No Bail Legislation and Discovery law changes.
  • The Sheriff’s Office implemented the Animal Abuse Registry in 2020, which lists persons convicted of animal abuse, who are prohibited from owning animals.  This registry also has a link to the local laws pertaining to the requirements and limitations of the registry.
  • The agency is staffed with 6 drone pilots, who regularly train to remain proficient in the operation of the drones.  Many deputies are trained observers that can assist the drone pilots in safe flight.  Drones can be an added support for many critical incident operations.