St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Department
The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has a full time youth officer on staff. This officer performs a variety of duties in the Sheriff’s Office and maintains a link with young people in the community. This officer handles the investigative caseload involving youth less than 16 years of age who commit offenses in the community, in violation of the New York State Penal law. He also offers guidance and assistance to parents/community members who struggle with the actions of youth less than 18 years of age that commit offenses which are not crimes. These incidents are described as “status” offenses, and represent PINS (person in need of supervision) actions that may be prosecuted in family court or handled at the Probation Level.
Every summer the New York State Sheriffs’ Association hosts a co-ed summer camp on the shore of Keuka Lake in Penn Yan, the Finger Lakes region. Each county is invited to participate and send youths from their community for a one-week camping opportunity. Campers participate in many kinds of activities including sailing, hiking, fishing, educational demonstrations by deputies to include K-9 handling and scuba diving. This camping opportunity exists as a result of the commitment to youth by the past and present sheriffs of New York State. There is no cost attached to this opportunity, which allows over 800 kids annually a chance to interact with others from across the Empire State. Campers from St. Lawrence County are selected based on financial, academic and social need with valuable input/assistance from local school districts. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office coordinates this event for area youth each year and has traditionally sent approximately 30 kids between 9 and 12 years of age on a great adventure!
Public relations in the community fall on the shoulders of every officer within the Sheriff’s Office. However, the need to present an officer to appear at specific community events often falls to the Juvenile division. This office annually presents over fifty events to thousands of participants, consisting of community health fairs, academic career days for high school students, 911- building tours and Neighborhood Watch. Officers produce NYS Safe Child Cards, speak to scouts, address the elderly, and many other groups in the community.
In December 2009, the NYS Sheriffs Assc agreed to maintain the Operation Safe Child program previously done by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. This program creates child safe cards for parents or guardians to present to law enforcement in the event the child goes missing. Each card contains a picture, 2 fingerprints and other descriptive information about the child which are used to enter a missing persons report. Additionally parents or guardians have the option of having the data stored electronically on the Missing and Exploited Childrens database. If this option is selected, the information can be deleted at any time by the parent or will automatically be purged when the child turns 18. Our Juvenile division produces roughly 1500 cards per year, mostly at schools and public events. The equipment is also available on a walk-in basis but please call ahead to ensure the officers will be here. Click here to open an authorization form to print out and complete prior to your appointment.