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Dear Neighbors,

January was a transition month for the Road Patrol schedule in the changing of patrol shift hours. This aggressive patrol strategy was determined by analyzing over ten years of “calls for service” data for every hour of the day and every day of the week, from 2000 through June 2010. The new hours give the Sheriff’s Office the ability to provide quicker response times, better scheduling flexibility, increased officer safety and maximum patrol coverage between 9:00 p.m. through 3:00 a.m. This new aggressive scheduling went into effect January 7.   

On January 4, I met with Seth Irwin of the Massasauga Search and Rescue based out of Monroe County. Massasauga is a volunteer organization that provides field personnel, SAR Management, K-9 Units and Water Search capabilities. This is to prepare for incidents of lost and/or missing persons. I thank NYSP Captain Neal Gallivan, who is a member of Massasauga SAR for this connection.  
On January 7, the command staff of the Sheriff’s Office and several Wayne County Department of Aging and Youth employees were trained on ways to detect, prevent and increase awareness of crimes committed against older persons. The Wayne County Department of Aging and Youth, and Sheriff’s Office are planning several presentations to senior citizens throughout the county in 2011. I thank Aging and Youth Director Penny Shockley for her partnership with this initiative.     

On January 29, Sergeant Mitchell assisted the New York State Police in North Rose after a subject ran from a trooper on a traffic stop. Sergeant Mitchell apprehended the subject in a nearby wooded area.  While walking the violator out of the woods through the deep snow, Sergeant Mitchell developed chest pain.  Sergeant Mitchell was transported to Rochester General Hospital by the North Rose FD Ambulance where he was treated for a cardiac event. He was released from the hospital Tuesday, February 1. It is my hope he has a speedy recovery and I look forward to his return to service.

Mandated annual training to Sheriff’s Office correction officers, court security officers, deputy sheriffs, and village and town police officers has started. Instruction on “Use of Force (Penal Law Article 35) and OC Gas” was completed. Mandated training is a service the Sheriff’s Office provides to local Wayne County police departments. I will keep you updated monthly on the training topics.   
Undersheriff Richard House completed 30 years of service, Sergeant Fred Crane completed 25 years, Correction Officer Anthony Vogts 15 years, Court Security Officer Jess Kidder five years and Deputy Sheriff Rachel Colella five years. I salute them for their service.
Winter Driving Tips; Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Increase your following distance when roads are slippery or visibility is poor. Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow removal operations.

In December, 119 males and 34 females (153 total) were committed to the jail facility, 126 court transports and 13,671 inmate meals were served. Inmates worked a total of 1,729 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. Court Security Officers cleared 2,878 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer securing 78 weapons (knives, razors, and scissors). Deputies traveled 84,429 miles on patrol, investigating 214 motor vehicle accidents, 1 missing persons, 46 animal complaints, 1,656 miscellaneous complaints, 497 minor crimes, 13 major crimes and 12 fires totaling 2,439 complaints received. Deputies issued 208 traffic tickets, 4 DWIs and made 22 criminal arrests. The Records Office processed 38 pistol permit applications and 34 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 194 legal papers, handled 8 evictions, received $155,504.69 (including bail and fines) and paid out $117,939.19 to creditors. $13,892.51 was remitted to Wayne County Treasurer Thomas Warnick for the county’s General Fund.
Please contact me at 315.946.5797 or bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have. 


Barry Virts, Sheriff


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