Road Patrol

The Road Patrol is the basic element of the Police Services Division. When any call for service is received it is the Deputy Sheriff assigned to the patrol Division that makes the initial contact with the complainant. The Patrol Deputy makes the first decision about how to best handle the complaint and decides what, if any, resources are needed to satisfy the complaint.

Patrol Deputies start their career by completing a civil service exam that includes written, physical and psychological testing. Once selected, the officer is required to attend a basic school for police officers. Only as long ago as 1969, an officer received two weeks of training before being turned loose to enforce the laws of the State of New York. Today Probationary Deputy Sheriffs must attend an 18-week “core” program and additional training for any specialized topics, and an additional 16-week “FTO” program with a Field Training Officer. The FTO program consists of an intensive program of training specific to the sheriff’s office and includes a rotation of mentors that review and correct the work on a daily basis.

The Office is relatively small for the work to be done and as a result, each Deputy usually ends up “wearing many hats” and performing duties that may cross the line into an area that would logically be another divisions’ responsibility. Deputies have an opportunity to seek out training in these Specialized Units and take on additional responsibilities while still in the Patrol Division.

The Deputies participate in a voluntarily “take home car program” in which the Deputy is assigned a vehicle and allowed to drive it home at the end of the day. Deputies do not use the vehicle for personal use but merely maintain the vehicle on their own time and park it at home. The slight cost of the trip home to the county is far offset by the increase in efficiency. Vehicles now last 4-5 years because of the care that the assigned officer provides and costs have actually gone down when compared to replacing the entire fleet every year. When extra manpower is needed above and beyond normal levels, a deputy can respond directly from home instead of having to travel to the main office to locate and load a vehicle.

Wayne County is home to the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant that has a very comprehensive safety plan that complies with the requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As a result, Deputies in Wayne County receive additional yearly training in the “Incident Command System” and in handling incidents that might be related. Both the State and Federal Government test deputies yearly for their knowledge and proficiency in their part of the response plan.

The Sheriff’s Office maintains four satellite offices around the county where officers do paperwork and process prisoners. The satellite offices are located in Marion in the Town Office Building, in Ontario in the Town Court Building, in Sodus Point at the County Park and in the Rose Town Hall.

Each of the patrol vehicles assigned to the deputies has a large amount of equipment included all of which the deputy must know how to use efficiently. Each vehicle is provided with a Mobile Data Terminal that operates on the familiar windows platform that the deputies use to access the New York State Police Information Network and Department of Motor Vehicles Database in performance of their duties. Each deputy is assigned a Tablet Computer and the Office is in the process of converting to electronic ticketing and incident reporting. This will facilitate the speedy turnover of reports that are generated by the officers to the Criminal Records Division where they are archived and made available for the victims and other interested parties.

The officers are also trained to use the Automatic External Defibrillators that are distributed to vehicles within the fleet and around the office.

As sworn police officers, the Road Patrol has the responsibility as your public protectors. Their duty is to maintain public tranquility while making sure that the legal rights of all citizens are protected. Although the road patrol deputy has a variety of tasks from finding lost children to issuing parking tickets, their primary duty is to prevent unwanted accidents, bodily harm, or loss of property. They are lawmen and women who watch over and protect the public day and night.