NEWS RELEASE: Heroin Arrest


Arrested: Jason A. GibbsBrunswick- On Wednesday March 4th, 2015 the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 622 ½ Hoosick Road Apartment # 1 after a three month long Narcotics Investigation. Investigators seized 93 bags of heroin, a street value of $1,000 and materials used to package heroin for sale from the residence.

The only occupant of the residence, Jason A. Gibbs, 36, was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, both felonies. Gibbs was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Jaime Thomas in the Schaghticoke Town Court and remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail.

“I commend the efforts of our investigators who are committed to combating the heroin epidemic in our county. The arrest of a heroin dealer has a direct affect on the quality of life in our communities,” said Undersheriff Pat Russo “this arrest was a result of a tip provided to a uniform patrol officer and is a textbook example of the community and police working together to fight crime.”


Hudson Valley Community College Student Is Awarded
New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute, Inc. Criminal Justice Scholarship
Rensselaer County Undersheriff Pat Russo presented Matt Hopper, a criminal justice major at Hudson Valley Community College, the New York State Sheriff’s Association (NYSSA) Institute’s 2015 Criminal Justice Scholarship.

Every year NYSSA awards academically outstanding full-time students majoring in criminal justice or police science a $250 scholarship while attending a community college in New York State. 

“I want to thank NYSSA for supporting these students and HVCC for the opportunity to meet Matt Hopper,” said Undersheriff Pat Russo.  “Matt is very enthusiastic about his future, his focus and hard work will take him a long way in law enforcement. While speaking to him he expressed his intent to continue his education and to pursue his career in criminal justice.”

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Professor Shawna Addison
HVCC, chair of Awards Committee,
Matt Hopper
Rensselaer County Undersheriff Pat Russo




D.A.R.E. Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation ceremony was held at Rensselaer Park Elementary, Lansingburgh, NY on February 6th. Students were DARE Officer Russo and Lansingburgh Schoolawarded certificates of completion from Rensselaer County’s Deputy Russo. The D.A.R.E. program teaches students good decision-making skills to help those lead safe and responsible lives. The new curriculum of D.A.R.E. (Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate) focuses more on decision-making processes and how to apply that to any aspect of life.
(Photo: Deputy Russo, Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, winning students for best essay and best overall in class)




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.

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

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.

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.

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We hope you find the information useful and informative,

Thank you for visiting! Jack Mahar
Sheriff Jack Mahar
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