Sheriff Jack Mahar is proud to receive the Certificate of Appreciation from New York State Marine Corps Commandant Timothy M. Forbes for outstanding support of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The Sheriff’s Office was an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots 2014. 

This year Chief Bly donated $500.00 and the officers unions matched it with $499.00 (total $999.00). This year $333.00 will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation, $333.00 Toys for Tots and $333.00 to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital.

“We commend Chief Bly and NYS Law Enforcement Officers Union Council 82, AFSCME, AFL-CIO Local 975 for their collaboration and contributions to local charities this holiday season,” said Sheriff Mahar.

Toys for Tots is supported by thousands of civilian volunteers. “This organization allows people in the community to give back to those less fortunate,” said Mahar “Toys for Tots focuses on the importance of “giving” especially to those less fortunate at this time of year.” Sheriff Mahar is also a member of the Troy Detachment Marine Corps League.

Toys for Tots started in 1947 by a Marine Reservist and his wife for needy children at Christmastime.  Since then, more than half a billion toys have been distributed to millions of children. The Make-A-Wish Foundation mission is to help strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions and St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases.



This Season Be Alert to Holiday Charity Scams
Residents are encouraged to be cautious of charities solicitations.
Sheriff Mahar’s Helpful reminders, be careful if:

  • Donations are asked over the phone.
  • A caller uses a name that sounds similar to a well-known charity. Beware of those whose name has even the slightest change from a legitimate one, example; extra words or letters, misspellings.
  • Thanks you for a donation you never made.
  • Uses high-pressure sales tactics or emotional pleas to get you to donate immediately. Remember these scammers can be very persistent and intimidating.
  • If they keep persisting ask the caller to send a solicitation request via the mail.

Remember scammers will appear to be a legitimate charity organization when they are not.

Residents are also urged to be especially careful with any charity using “police”, “firefighter” or “veterans” in their name. Quite often they have no connection to any legitimate organizations. Residents should also be wary of solicitations to help victims of a recent disaster.


Take the following precautions:

Never provide your credit card or bank account information until you check out the charity.
Ask for the charity’s name, address and phone number. Search online and look for a history of scams and complaints.
Check to see if the charity is registered then you call them or mail the organization your donation.





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
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