Rensselaer D.A.R.E. Officer Jeff Russo

Rensselaer County Sheriff's D.A.R.E. Officer Deputy Jeff Russo spent the day teaching Internet Safety to all 7th Graders in the Hoosic Valley School District and will do the same for Tamarac School District in February.

The program aims to teach students how to act responsibly and stay safe while online.  The main focus is to explain what a "digital footprint" is and how it will affect their future. Children need to understand that the digital decisions they make today will stay with them, and the rest of cyberspace, forever. To stay safe no one should put too much information about themselves online and when they do, focus on positive things. Building a positive footprint will be beneficial when looking for employment or applying to college.

Remember these tips: Keep personal details private. Don’t share usernames or passwords with anyone. Think before you post. Once posted, it can be difficult to remove. Respect other people’s content that you post or share.

Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar swears in two new
Highway Patrol Officers John P. Murphy and Michael R. Seney.
Congratulations and welcome to the team!
Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office New Deputies




The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting bitter cold temperatures—it’s a good idea to check in on the elderly and your neighbors and make sure they are ok.   If you need to venture out on the road make sure you have a Winter Survival Kit in your car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers.

Some items to include: a shovel , windshield scraper and small broom, flashlight with extra batteries, battery powered radio, water, snack food including energy bars, raisins and mini candy bars, matches and small candles, extra hats, socks and mittens, first aid kit with pocket knife, necessary medications, blankets or sleeping bag, tow chain or rope, road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction, jumper cables, emergency flares and reflectors, fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention, cell phone adapter to plug into lighter.
Under New York State law you cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or send a text or an email while you drive. If you use a hand-held mobile telephone while you drive (except to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency) or use a device to text or send email, you can receive a traffic ticket and be subject to a fine and a surcharge. Conviction of a cell phone use or texting violation will also result in points being added to your DMV driving record.

For more information go to.... http://dmv.ny.gov/tickets/cell-phone-use-texting

Rensselaer County Jail
Now Offers Remote Video Visitation

Inmates now have the option to use a new remote video visitation system to speak with family, friends or professionals via the internet. Remote video visitation eliminates time and stress associated with travel to and from the correctional facility by reserving a visit on-line.

Reservations must be paid either by credit card or prepaid money card. Cost is $9.00 per 20 minute visit. 

Scheduling and paying for a video visit using the internet is extremely simple and user-friendly with e-mail confirmations of visit times and charges.

To enroll today and learn more about the system and to request a Reservation Code go to webvisit.rensco.com



Sheriff Jack Mahar

On behalf of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. This website has been designed to provide a comprehensive guide to our agency’s many services and responsibilities performed here. Our mission is to provide our citizens with one of the best law enforcement offices in New York State. We will continue to update and make changes to this site in an effort to better keep the residents in our county informed.

We invite you to explore our site and learn more about us.
We hope you find the information useful and informative,

Thank you for visiting! Jack Mahar
Sheriff Jack Mahar
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