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.
We cannot expect our winter roadways to be completely dry, free of ice and snow, so slow down, leave early and drive safe. Stay a safe distance behind snowplows, because deicing materials may be released from the plow truck. Never assume that the plow driver can see you as they clear intersections, and move as far away from the center line as safely possible when meeting a snowplow coming from the opposite direction.
Warm your locked vehicle up, clean off all the snow and ice so you can see 360 degrees around your vehicle. Drive with your headlights and taillights on, and leave ample distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Remember your pets during this cold weather. Make sure they have a warm place to get out of the cold and wind with plenty of food and water.
Can all-terrain vehicles legally use the designated snowmobile trails on state Route 104? No, you cannot legally operate ATVs on the state Route 104 trails.
So, where can ATVs operate? On private land owned by the ATV operator, lands where written permission is obtained by the ATV operator from the land owner, or public lands designated and signage posted for ATV use. If you do not have written permission or posted signage authorizing your privilege to operate an ATV on lands, you do not have permission to operate. Do not assume you have a right to operate on lands you do not own. Please respect lands of others, and enjoy your sport with safe operation and authorized permission where you operate your ATV.
In November 2018, 69 males and 14 females were committed to the jail facility. There were 91 transports, 7,967 inmate meals served, and $13,473.72 collected from 20 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,754 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service.
The jail facility boarded 16 inmates from sheriff’s offices in Cayuga, Ontario, Oswego and Seneca counties, and secured 15 parole violators and 14 inmates ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 2,880 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 36 weapons and 707 other contraband items similar to Transportation Security Administration airport security — firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors, cell phones, glass bottles, umbrellas, helmets, hand tools, etc.
Deputies traveled 102,038 miles on patrol, investigating 162 motor vehicle accidents in which 19 people were injured, five missing persons, 32 animal complaints, 417 minor crimes, 18 major crimes, seven fire investigations and 1,283 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 1,283 for the month. Deputies issued 276 traffic tickets and six DWIs, and made 145 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests plus 18 mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 31 sex offenders. Deputies verified 78 offender home addresses, processed 94 requests for reports and conducted 109 records checks. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 32 pistol permit applications and 62 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office processed 96 legal papers and 64 Family Court orders, handled seven evictions, received $134,365.35, and paid out $131,883.40 to creditors. This month, $14,412.12 was remitted to the County Treasurer’s Office for the general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 12 people with DWI: Newark PD, one; Sheriff’s Office, six; and State Police, five. Please drink responsibly!
Deputies Paul Montemorano and Justin Lucia attended an Honor Guard Detail, Candlelight Memories Vigil at the Christ Episcopal Church in Rochester. Jail Nurse Bernice Miller and Lisa Santell attended the Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Training in Newark.
If you see something, say something. Call 911 to report any suspicious activity. Social media 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 emailing or mailing Sheriff Barry Virts, 7376 state Route 31, Suite 1000, Lyons, NY, 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,” Twitter accounts @SheriffVirts and @WayneCoSheriff and Load the free MobilePatrol App on your smartphone for a one stop resource for all WCSO information.
Please contact me at (315) 946-5797 or at with any questions or concerns you may have.