From the Sheriff: Office working ‘for the good of the public’

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts

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 Sheriff’s Office 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.

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

In November 2020, 29 males and seven females were committed to the jail facility. There were 66 transports, 4,764 inmate meals served and $6,095.64 collected from five inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,380 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service.

The Jail Facility boarded two inmates from the Cayuga County and Seneca County sheriff’s offices, and secured three parole violators and four inmates that were 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 seven contraband items similar to Transportation Security Administration 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 two died, 93 crash investigations, four missing persons, 21 animal complaints, 1,443 miscellaneous complaints, 246 minor crimes, eight major crimes, 11 fire investigations and 701 other complaints. Deputies issued 498 traffic tickets,16 DWIs and made 187 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests, plus 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. This month, $9,424.07 was remitted to the County Treasurer’s Office for the general fund.

Wayne County law enforcement charged 25 people with DWI: one by the Newark Police Department, 16 by the Sheriff’s Office and eight by New York State Police. Please drink responsibly!

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.

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Please contact me at 315-946-5797 or at with any questions or concerns you may have.

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