Correction Officer Week (May 3-9) and Police Officer Week (May 10-16) recognize the exceptional work to public safety made by the correction officers of the Wayne County Jail, deputy sheriffs of our police services division, and all the town, village and state police officers that protect and serve all of you in Wayne County, our state and nation. If you know or see a correction officer or police officer, thank them for their devoted service to public safety to make your communities safer.
The Memorial Day and weekend Stop-DWI campaign will be May 22-26, with all Wayne County law enforcement agencies participating and working together and police departments, state police and the Sheriff’s Office coordinating awareness, education and enforcement activities.
Research findings demonstrate that highly visible, publicized efforts like the Stop-DWI Memorial Day and weekend campaign can further reduce the occurrence of DWI. The Stop-DWI Foundation created a mobile app, “Have a Plan” that is available as a free download for smartphones to help find safe rides home no matter where you may be celebrating. Go to or visit your app store. Please do not drink and drive!
The Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol vessels are staged in Sodus Point and ready to be launched for any emergencies that may occur. The seasonal waterways patrol schedule started around May 15 and extended patrol hours will start on or about June 30.
Do the five to prevent COVID-19: wash your hands, cough into your elbow, don’t touch your face, stay 6 feet apart and stay home if you are sick. Wear a mask!
In March 2020, court security officers cleared 1,879 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 28 weapons and 38 other contraband items similar to Transportation Security Administration airport security — firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors, cellphones, glass bottles, umbrellas, helmets, hand tools, etc.
The Civil Office processed 71 legal papers and 66 Family Court orders, handled three evictions, received $171,735.84, and paid out $166,053.19 to creditors. This month, $14,861.74 was remitted to the Treasurer‘s Office for the general fund.
The police services and jail reports are pending since clerks are furloughed during the county’s COVID-19 workforce reduction plan.
As of March 12, all schools, training and business travel are suspended until the COVID-19 state of emergency ends. The exceptions to this are the continuation of the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy, and Deputy Lucia and K-9 Henry’s training at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Training Academy.
Deputy Sheriff Robert Harkins completed 15 years of service. I salute Robert for his service!
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 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.