Two patrol deputies also serve as members of a countywide Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) Team. They report to the Chief Deputy. The team also includes select members from two municipal police agencies within the county (Albion & Medina). These dedicated individuals have received specialized training in a variety of topics such as deployment tactics, entry techniques, and specialized weaponry. The SWAT Team works in conjunction with the Major Felony Crimes Task Force to assist with warrant executions, building searches, etc. They can also be deployed to handle such incidents as hostage situations, barricaded gunmen, suicidal individuals, etc.
The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit consists of a male German shepherd that was imported from Holland and was acquired with community donations. K-9 “Otto” is a criminal apprehension dog that specialized in drug detection. K-9 “Otto” and his handler, Deputy Jeff Cole, are Certified through both NYS DCJS and North America Police Working Dog Association. Deputy Cole And K-9 “Otto” are available to assist all Law Enforcement agencies within Orleans County, as well as surrounding counties. The K-9 team is also available for community demostrations upon request.
One patrol deputy is a certified S.C.U.B.A. diver, and two are trained in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. Five deputies are certified as Child Safety Seat Technicians. One Sergeant & two patrol deputies also currently serve as Certified Crime Scene Photo & Evidence Technicians. Patrol Services is also responsible for the Marine Enforcement Unit, which operates annually during the boating season. (See “Marine Patrol”). One Sergeant & two Road Patrol Deputies also provide security for the Orleans County Courthouse on a daily basis Monday – Friday.
Patrol Services is also responsible for the service of Civil Process. This includes Summons’ and Subpoenas, Family Court Orders, Income & Property Executions, Orders of Protection, Notices & Warrants of Eviction, etc. Civil Process Service is a constitutionally mandated responsibility of all Sheriff’s Offices in New York State.
Patrol Deputies also handle juvenile transports to & from various facilities throughout the state and region and they occasionally assist jail personnel with inmate transports to & from various local courts, medical/dental appointments, or other state or county correctional facilities. The patrol is also responsible for the transportation of person(s) arrested under the Mental Hygiene Law.