Rensselaer County Deputy Sandy Blodgett and K-9 Kilo were recognized by the US Postal Inspection Service for assistance provided to the postal service in combating the distribution of controlled substances through the mail.

Deputy Blodgett and Kilo are responsible for seizing hundreds of parcels from the US mail containing controlled substances and proceeds of unlawful criminal activity.

James V. Buthorn Acting Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division commended Deputy Blodgett for her willingness to respond whenever requested and further stated that the assistance she provided not only has decreased the amount of controlled substances traveling through the US mail but has led to some notable cases including an investigation where numerous arrests were made, multiple firearms and millions of dollars in steroids were seized.

Photo: left to right: Rensselaer County Undersheriff Pat Russo, John Kehoe (Team Leader), Deputy Sandy Blodgett & Kilo, James Burthorn Acting Inspector in Charge, Raymond Moss Assistant Inspector in Charge


(PHOTO:Undersheriff Pat Russo, Chief of Corrections Edward Bly, Accreditation Manager Greg Buell, Lieutenant Stacey Sauer, Sheriff Jack Mahar, NYS Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe.)
Accreditation Recognition presented at the Rensselaer County Public Safety Building 

Troy, NY – September 8, 2015 – Sheriff Jack Mahar today accepted an award from the New York State Sheriff’s Association in recognition that the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office has achieved Accreditation for the Correctional Facility.  Sheriff Jack Mahar has stated that this achievement is the result of efforts by the Chief of Corrections, the accreditation team, and all correctional staff and support staff that work hard each and every day to insure that our community is safe and secure from those deemed a danger to be in our community. 

Accreditation is a system in which an agency demonstrates its ability to meet New York State standards of excellence.   The benefits of the accreditation program show that the Sheriff’s Office has established greater accountability within the agency thus reducing the agencies liability exposure as well as gives the agency a strong defense against civil lawsuits.  Other government officials are more confident in the Sheriff’s Office which in turn provides more community accountability.  It shows that the Sheriff’s Office has a proactive management philosophy and pride within the organization. 

Sheriff Mahar stated he is extremely proud of the employees of the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility for their achievement.  He stated that this award does not come easily and it verifies his belief that the Rensselaer County Jail is one of the safest, most efficient, and one of the best in the State.   The fact that the Sheriff’s Office achieved 100% compliance verifies that the facility is among the very best and with such a strong dedicated work force he states this will be for a very long time. 

 “Achieving accreditation takes hard work by a lot of people. Sheriff Mahar, Undersheriff Patrick Russo, Chief of Corrections Edward Bly, and the entire staff of the Corrections Division deserve to be recognized for this achievement,” said NYS Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe.

The following individuals who spearheaded the effort to earn the accreditations were recognized at the ceremony: Chief of Corrections Edward Bly, Accreditation Manager Greg Buell, Lieutenant Stacey Sauer, and Nurse Administrator Heather Holliday.


 Parentcar seat safety rensselaer county sheriffs and caregivers received one to one installation guidance and safety education from certified child passenger safety technicians.

Event was sponsored by the Rensselaer County Law Enforcement Association, The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office and The NY Sate Police.

Inspections took place at the Center Brunswick Fire House on Monday August 3rd.

(Photo: Deputy Defazio, Officer Hallett, Undersheriff Pat Russo, County Clerk Frank Merola)


Sheriff Mahar Reports The Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Graduation of Two New Deputies for Rensselaer County

Undersheriff Pat Russo presented certificates of completion to Deputies Michael Seney and John P. Murphy at The Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, Session 58-Basic Course for Police Officers award ceremony held at Schenectady Community College. Deputy Seney was presented additional awards for class leader, arrest techniques, and physical fitness.

The Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy provides high quality and innovative basic, supervisory and specialized training to law enforcement officers in the greater Capital Region.

K-9 Emergency Medical Course For Law Enforcement 
“How To Care For Your Canine Partner”

 Troy- Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Canine First Aid and Trauma Training class Friday that attracted K9 Handlers from seven different law enforcement agencies across the Capital Region. The class was specifically designed for professional “working dog” handlers and emergency rescue personnel who may respond to canine health emergencies while in the field.

Veterinarian David Stone, of Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital, in North Greenbush NY volunteered his professional expertise.  The 4 hour presentation focused on teaching handlers the skills needed when service dogs are injured in the line of duty.

Dr. Stone demonstrated how to splint legs and bandage “wounds” on Officer Sandy Blodgett’s K-9, a black lab named Obie. The doctor performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the life-saving procedure used to help dogs that have stopped breathing and/or lost a heart beat on a canine CPR training manikin. He explained that the CPR performed on dogs is very similar to the procedure used on humans: the technique involves clearing the airway, administering artificial breaths, and maintaining circulation of blood to the heart. Dr. Stone also taught handlers how to administer life saving medications, such as Narcan, the reversal drug used if a dog on duty accidentally inhales an opioid.

The seminar also covered non emergency topics. 

Dr. Stone covered best practices in maintaining overall good canine health including nutrition, diet and exercise. The course stressed the importance of annual medical check-ups and how to recognizing illnesses and the warning signs for diseases.  Lyme, which is a tick born disease and Bloat, a deadly gastric dilatation where the stomach becomes distended with gas and fluids are more common diseases found amongst dogs today.

This training program was developed to provide K-9 handlers with the know how to handle emergency medical care for sick or injured dogs. Officers in attendance came from the Sheriff’s Offices of Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Fulton Counties as well as the Guilderland Police Department. Participants were all honored and grateful to have Dr. Stone provide such valuable information and training.

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.”

(photo left to right)

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





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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