Duties and Responsibilities

The primary law enforcement responsibilities of the Deputies are the road patrol and criminal investigations. The Criminal Investigations Unit directs a wide variety of cases throughout the year.

Some of our other specialized units include:

  • Emergency Services Unit
  • Canine Unit
  • Marine Patrol
  • Drug Investigation Unit
  • Accident Investigation Unit
  • Commercial Vehicle Unit

Other Functions

Staff Services provide support services to all of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office bureaus.

These functions include:

  • Records Unit – Processes central records, traffic violations, criminal records, fingerprinting, and gun permits.
  • Property Management Office – Stores all crime evidence, lost property and surrendered weapons.
  • Fleet Maintenance – Manages all vehicles, vessels and other specialized equipment.
  • Planning & Research – Researches funding, applies for grants, and administers health and safety programs.
  • Recruitment Unit – Processes candidates and coordinates background information for all employees.
  • Training Unit – Provides in-service, specialized, special unit and academy training.
  • Inspectional Services Unit – Inspects and audits the operations of all four bureaus.
  • Quartermaster Unit – Orders and manages all inventory and supplies for all four bureaus.
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