Sheriff Virts’ December Sheriff’s Monthly Column;

30 Dec 2020 | Under Press Releases | Posted by | 0 Comments

Dear Neighbors,

Sheriff’s Office Mission Statement: The principal mission of the Wayne County Office of Sheriff is to preserve the rights of citizens and reduce fear in the county through the prevention of crime, protection of persons, property, and the maintenance of order in public places. To anticipate and respond to events which threaten public order and the protection of life and property. It is essential that all members and employees remember that in the execution of their duties they act not for themselves, but for the good of the public. They shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their service with honesty, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity and sound judgment. Officers must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law and by offering service and trust to all members of the public. It is the expressed policy of the Wayne County Office of Sheriff that officers will use force only when in the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public cooperation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary upon any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

Shelter your Pet: Make sure your pets have a warm place with plenty of food and water during cold weather.

Statistical Information: In November, 29 males and 7 females (36 total) were committed to the jail facility, 66 transports, 4,764 inmate meals were served and $6,095.64 was collected from 5 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked a total of 1,380 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The Jail Facility boarded in 2 inmates from Cayuga County (1) and Seneca County (1) Sheriff’s Offices, secured 3 parole violators and 4 inmates that were state ready for transfer to state prison. Court Security Officers cleared 1,288 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 15 weapons and 7 other contraband items similar to TSA airport security (firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors, cell phones, glass bottles, umbrellas, helmets, hand tools, etc.). Deputies traveled 117,266 miles on patrol, investigating 120 motor vehicle collisions in which 12 people were injured and 2 fatalities, 93 crash investigations, 4 missing persons, 21 animal complaints, 1,443 miscellaneous complaints, 8 major crimes, 246 minor crimes, 11 fire investigations, 701 all other complaints totaling 2,527 for the month. Deputies issued 498 traffic tickets, 16 DWIs and made 187 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 23 mental health arrests. The Civil Office processed 49 legal papers and 104 Family Court orders, received $125,934.08 and paid out $123,327.62 to creditors. $9,424.07 was remitted to County Treasurer‘s Office for the County’s General Fund.

STOP-DWI Report: Wayne County Law Enforcement charged 25 people with DWI in the month of November, Newark Police Department 1, Sheriff’s Office 16 and New York State Police 8. Please drink responsibly!

Sheriff’s APP: Search Wayne County NY Sheriff to download the mobile app onto your smartphone or tablet. It is available free of charge from the iTunes and Google Play (Android) app stores. The new app will help Wayne County citizens stay tuned to important information from the Sheriff’s Office.  After downloading the app onto your smartphone, you can receive alerts, news, and resources.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING: Call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is used to inform you of events and arrests that would be released to the media, but timelier to keep you informed. Social media sites are not used as an official communication tool. Concerns and inquiries should be directed to me by calling 315.946.5797, by email at or by mail: Sheriff Barry Virts, 7376 Route 31, Suite 1000, Lyons, New York 14489. If you have a complaint that is an emergency or time sensitive, call 911 to have law enforcement respond immediately.

Visit us at our social media sites; Facebook page “Wayne County Sheriff’s Office” and two Twitter accounts; @SheriffVirts and @WayneCoSheriff and website;

Please contact me at 315.946.5797 or at with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely, Barry Virts, Sheriff