April is sexual assault awareness and prevention month, and child abuse prevention month. Sexual assault and child abuse is very complex, having everlasting emotional anxieties to the victim and their families. We all need to be aware and assist in the prevention of sexual violence and child abuse.
The New York State Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline or VINE is a free confidential service that notifies those that register by phone and email when an offender is released from jail or prison. Contact VINE at (888) VINE-4-NY or go to vinelink.com for more information. You have a right to know. If you know of and/or have witnessed a sexual assault or child abuse, please report the crime by calling 911. For victim’s assistance, contact the Victim’s Resource Center in Newark by calling (315) 331-1171.
April is national distracted driving awareness month. U Drive — U Text — U Pay is a campaign centered on aiding law enforcement officers in their efforts to keep distracted drivers off the road. Distracted driving is a first offense in many states and continues to gain recognition across the nation as a deadly problem. What Is distracted driving? Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
The deputy sheriffs contract expired on Dec. 31, 2015. There is a significant financial cost and dedication of staff time in processing, hiring and training a deputy sheriff recruit. The back filling of patrol coverage to maintain minimum staffing levels with mandated overtime during the academy and field training have a financial cost, and creates officer safety and wellness concerns. Our Wayne County deputy sheriffs are the lowest paid full-time law enforcement officers in Wayne County behind the Newark, Macedon and Palmyra police departments. Examples of the pay disparity: a one-year patrol officer with Newark PD makes $28.16 base pay and a deputy sheriff makes $22.11, a difference of $6.05 an hour above a deputy sheriff with the same experience. The gap continues through the pay scales of patrol officers and deputy sheriffs having 25 years of experience. The systemic problem is Wayne County has historically treated the job classifications of the Wayne County corrections officer and deputy sheriff almost equally in pay; however, the requirements, training and job functions are more demanding for the deputy sheriff. An example of this pay disparity is a one-year Wayne County corrections officer makes $1.04 more than a one-year Ontario County corrections officer, and as time and grade go on the two county’s pay for the corrections officers is a $1.01 difference of each other, with the Ontario County corrections officer making the higher rate of pay. However, a Wayne County deputy sheriff with one year experience makes $3.06 less than an Ontario County deputy sheriff and the gap widens through the pay schedule with a disparity of compensation to the Wayne County deputy sheriff of $4.65 per hour less than the Ontario County deputy sheriff at top pay.
Wayne County needs to equitably compensate our deputy sheriffs using local data, not data from law enforcement agencies from outside of our competitive job market geographical area. Negotiate with the deputy sheriffs, rather than negotiating using all the county employees’ collective bargaining units against each other. As equally important as equitable compensation, the road patrol deputy sheriffs need to move to eight-hour shifts. This schedule change will place more deputy sheriffs on patrol, increasing officer safety, enhance response times and reduce mandated overtime extended shifts.
The deputy sheriffs deserve fair and equitable pay using the competitive job market that we compete in. Let’s get this done!
In February 2018, 56 males and six females were committed to the jail facility. There were 113 transports, 6,056 inmate meals served, and $61,974.61 collected from 21 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked 1,764 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service.
The jail facility boarded six inmates from sheriff’s offices in Cayuga, Ontario and Seneca counties, and secured 14 parole violators and three inmates ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 2,428 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 39 weapons and 46 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 107,448 miles on patrol, investigating 85 motor vehicle accidents in which nine people were injured, four missing persons, 24 animal complaints, 309 minor crimes, six major crimes, 11 fire investigations and 1,445 miscellaneous complaints. Deputies issued 275 traffic tickets and four DWIs, and made 84 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests plus seven mental health arrests.
The Records Office registered 28 requests for reports and processed 55 requests for reports. The Pistol Permit Unit processed 12 pistol permit applications. The Civil Office processed 90 legal papers and 72 Family Court orders, handled eight evictions, received $131,134.31 and paid out $127,907.49 to creditors. This month, $15,107.45 was remitted to the County Treasurer’s Office for the general fund.
Wayne County law enforcement charged 17 people with DWI: Macedon PD, six; Newark PD, one; Palmyra PD, one; Sheriff’s Office, four; and State Police, five. Please drink responsibly!
Deputy Nicholas Yates attended the NYSDHS K-9 Explosive Detection Awareness Canine Handlers Conference in Saratoga Springs. Lts. Matt Ryndock and Joe Croft attended the Tactical Leadership Forum in Saratoga Springs. Deputy Nicholas Yates attended a K-9 training in Oriskany. Jail nurses Bernice Miller and Lisa Santell attended a psychopharmacology training in Syracuse. Lts. Matt Ryndock and Joe Croft attended an Active Threat Drill in Albion. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick attended an undersheriff’s meeting in Rochester. Deputy Zach Aunkst attended the DCJS SWAT Operator Course in Oriskany. Deputy Heath Wadhams attended a school management seminar in Syracuse. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick attended the Jail Intelligence Office Conference in Saratoga Springs. Deputy Heather Laws and Sgt. Matt Carr attended the 16th annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar at the University at Buffalo. Deputies Brian Steinruck, Travis Dunn, Robert Mansell, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Heath Wadhams and Brian Pitt attended the Safe Schools Initiative in Buffalo. Deputy Anthony Hollebrandt and Thomas D’Amato attended the ARIDE Training in Avon. Deputy Brian Pitt attended a school management seminar in Batavia. Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick attended the Western Jail Administrator’s Meeting in Geneseo.
Deputy Brandon Burnett completed five years of service. I salute Brandon for his service!
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 bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us 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 waynecosheriff.org. 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 bvirts@co.wayne.ny.us with any questions or concerns you may have.